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Campaign Beat: It's Going To Be A Squeaker

Oct 16, 2020

If a new poll is correct, it's going to be a suspenseful election night in Montana. Fundraising in the Senate race is off the charts. The Senate candidates take turns accusing each other of being a party hack. The Missoulian newspaper tries to clean up a mess over a controversial endorsement. A new ad in the House race features a talking elk. And candidates in the the state auditor's race try to gain some voter attention

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

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Opponents of two ballot initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana sales to adults 21 and up in Montana are mounting a last-minute legal challenge to block the measures being voted on.

Kevin Leatherbarrow is the 2020 Libertarian candidate for superintendent of public instruction.
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Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio interviewed Montana's statewide general election candidates.

Kevin Leatherbarrow is the 2020 Libertarian candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Leatherbarrow runs a private tutoring business in Great Falls. He spoke with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.

Melissa Romano is the 2020 Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction.
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Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio interviewed Montana's statewide general election candidates.

Melissa Romano is the 2020 Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Romano is a school teacher making her second run for the office. She spoke with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.

Elsie Arntzen is the 2020 Republican candidate for superintendent of public instruction.
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Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio interviewed Montana's statewide general election candidates.

Elsie Arntzen is the 2020 Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Arntzen is also the current Superintendent. She spoke with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.

Raph Graybill is the 2020 Democratic Candidate for Attorney General
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Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio interviewed Montana's statewide general election candidates.

Raph Graybill is the 2020 Democratic candidate for Attorney General. Graybill is the current chief counsel to Gov. Steve Bullock. He spoke with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney about how advocacy plays into the role of the state’s top legal officer, investing in “just reinvestment,” and depolarizing the board that manages state trust lands.

Austin Knudsen is the 2020 Republican candidate for attorney general.
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Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio interviewed Montana's statewide general election candidates.

Austin Knudsen is the 2020 Republican candidate for Attorney General. Knudsen is currently the county attorney for Roosevelt County. He spoke with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney about his plans to shift funds from Helena to local law enforcement, being tough on drugs and violent crime, and maximizing the return on state trust lands.

Election sign reading 'polling place' on a door at a Missoula polling place.
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The Blackfeet Nation announced  Wednesday that it settled with Pondera County officials after the county allegedly refused to open a satellite voting office on the reservation.

The November general election is only three weeks away but thousands of Montanans are already voting. Political candidates are traveling across the state to drive up voter turnout.

Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio interviewed Montana's statewide general election candidates.

Bryce Bennett is the 2020 Democratic candidate for secretary of state. Bennett is currently a state senator and former state representative from Missoula. He shared his views on automatic and online voter registration, the secretary of state’s role as an advocate against dark money in politics and his plans for a statewide business council with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates Carney.

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