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2020 elections

A second Montana Democrat has announced a campaign for U.S. Senate.

The total number of candidates running for Montana’s open U.S. House seat jumped to seven today. That’s after Simms Democrat Matt Rains and Corvallis Republican Tim Johnson announced their candidacies.

Gov. Steve Bullock announces his candidacy for president in Helena, Mont., May 14, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Gov. Steve Bullock is heading back to Iowa this week for what his campaign says will be his sixth swing through the state in just under two months.

After being excluded from the first Democratic primary debate stage last month, Bullock’s campaign continues to pour on efforts in the early-caucusing state and to seek national media attention.

Candidates for statewide office in Montana’s 2020 election raised more than $1.4 million since the start of the year, most of that coming over the last three months. Candidates were required to file campaign finance reports by Friday.

Most of the early money coming in is taking sides in the contested Republican primary for governor.

U.S. Democratic Senator Jon Tester held his third in-person town hall of the year in Helena, Tuesday, July 2. Tester won reelection to a third term in 2018 by three percentage points.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

A town hall event with Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester brought around 100 people to the Helena College Student Center Tuesday morning.

Tester was praised for his work on public lands and stance on funding public education, but received some push back on issues surrounding the southern border.

The crowd was overall favorable to the state’s senior Senator as microphones were passed between rows of plastic seats for an hour of questions.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

Twenty Democratic presidential candidates will participate in the first primary debate of the 2020 cycle on Wednesday and Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. MST each night.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

Twenty Democratic presidential candidates will participate in the first primary debate of the 2020 cycle on Wednesday and Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. MST each night.

Joe Dooling.
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A third Republican has joined the race for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.

Rep. Greg Gianforte at his Washington D.C. office, May 2018.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte kicked off his campaign with a YouTube video that opens with scenes of Montana’s sweeping backcountry vistas, small towns and ranching lifestyle.

Gov. Steve Bullock announces his candidacy for president in Helena, Mont., May 14, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that 20 candidates have qualified for the party's first presidential debates later this month.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts were the only major candidates out of the two dozen Democratic hopefuls who failed to meet the polling or grassroots fundraising measures required to get a debate spot. Two lesser-known candidates, former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, also missed the cutoff.

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