Albert Olszewski

Nicky Ouellet

A little before midnight, when the race was called for Matt Rosendale, Flathead Valley surgeon Olszewski had won 17 percent of the Republican vote. While he’s disappointed with the result, he says he wouldn’t change anything about his first statewide campaign. 

There’s just one week until the deadline to vote in Montana’s June 5 primary election. Montana Public Radio has been chatting with voters in the run up to the vote. Recently, I sat down with women in the Flathead Valley to hear about what they want from their representatives in Washington, DC, and where gender fits into politics.

2018 Montana Republican Senate Primary Voting Guide

May 9, 2018

Four Montana Republicans are running in the June 5 primary election for a chance to unseat Montana’s Senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Jon Tester, in the Nov. 6 general election. The Montana Free Press surveyed the four candidates to see where they stand on 10 key issues. The candidates were asked to respond in 50 words or less to each question. Below are their responses, edited only for length and style.

The four Republicans campaigning to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Jon Tester debated in Helena Thursday night. Ballots for the June 5 primary election will be mailed out in two weeks.

In the past, the Republicans have said they’ll play nice after the primary and support whomever becomes the party’s nominee. But now with the clock winding down on the race, for the candidates ambitious for the U.S. Senate, the grip-n-grin political courtesy shown just a few weeks ago is fading.

From left to right: Russell Fagg, Troy Downing, Matt Rosendale, and Albert Olszewski at a March 28 forum in Missoula. The four Republican are running for their party's nomination to challenge Democrat Jon Tester for his seat in the U.S. Senate.
Corin Cates-Carney

The four Republicans competing in their party's primary campaign with hopes of challenging Democratic Senator Jon Tester this November are debating in Helena tonight at 7 p.m.

Ballots for Montana’s June 5 primary will be mailed  in two weeks, and millions of dollars have already been spent by the Republican contenders trying to stand out. Matt Rosendale, Russell Fagg, Troy Downing, and Albert Olszewski will court Montana’s conservative vote tonight in a debate hosted by the Greater Montana Foundation.