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Donald Trump

  On the eve of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit to Billings tomorrow, Republican Representative Ryan Zinke became the twelfth congressman to endorse the presumptive GOP nominee.

On this episode of "Campaign Beat," Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin talk about this week’s campaign finance ruling, the fuss over the Gianfortes' big donation to MSU, and the race for Montana’s seat in the House of Representatives.

At the state Republican Party convention in Billings this weekend, party leaders said it’s time for Republicans to get behind the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.

Montana Republican Party
Montana Republican Party

Several hundred Montana Republican Party members are gathering in Billings starting tonight to select the state’s delegation for the National GOP Convention, in July.

Bernie Sanders visits Montana, Rep. Zinke endorses Trump, and Montana Democrats smell blood over a 2009 lawsuit Greg Gianforte filed over a public access easement near his property in Bozeman. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin take you behind the curtain of Montana politics.

The release of the Gov. Bullock's personal emails; Greg Gianforte's campaign donations to himself; Trump's impact on downticket races; the possible spoiler role of Libertarian candidate Ted Dunlap; and Montanans feeling the Bern, on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Journalist Hedrick Smith On The Historic 2016 Campaign Season
Bree Zender

Journalist and author Hedrick Smith recently delivered a President’s lecture at the University of Montana about the widespread political disaffection in America. Smith won the Pulitzer prize for international reporting while covering Russia and Eastern Europe for the New York Times. After his newspaper career, he went on to win Emmys for his work on the award-winning PBS Frontline series. 

Smith talked with Sally Mauk at MTPR studios to give his take on this historic campaign season.

Ted Cruz Activates Campaign In Montana
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Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is activating his campaign in Montana two weeks before absentee ballots are sent out to voters.

How Montana Voters Could Sway The Republican Presidential Race

Apr 11, 2016
For the second time in just eight years, Montana will see presidential campaigns come to the treasure state.
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In 2008, with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton nearly deadlocked in their race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Montana voters headed to the polls on June 3 not knowing who the party’s nominee would be.

It was an exciting time for Montana Democrats because the state’s June primary election is usually too late in the nominating process to have an impact on the outcome. The presidential nominees are usually decided long before voters here get a chance to cast their ballots.

But for the second time in just eight years Montana will see presidential campaigns come to the treasure state.

Eric Whitney

Montana Democrats rallied in Helena Saturday night around their candidates for six statewide offices. Party Executive Director Nancy Keenan fired up the crowd and set the tone for this year's election.

"We have to make those phone calls, and we have to get out the vote," Keenan said. "Let's go! Let's go win! On to victory!"

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