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'Campaign Beat:' Fundraising, Campaign Ads, And The Trump Factor

Jan 10, 2020

This week on Campaign Beat: who's ahead, and who's behind in campaign fundraising. A new ad introduces a political newcomer in the Senate race, and protesters challenge Sen. Daines for going all-in for Trump.

Missoula Businesswomen Whitney Williams announces her 2020 run for governor as a Democrat, Oct. 3, 2019. Williams is the daughter of Pat Williams, who represented Montana in U.S. Congress for nine terms.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democrat Whitney Williams and Republican Greg Gianforte lead the fundraising in Montana's gubernatorial race, according to campaign finance reports that were due on Monday.

This week on "Campaign Beat:" Governor Bullock's presidential race is over - but Democrats still hope he jumps into the Senate race. Both primaries in the governor's race have strong challengers to the frontrunners. And U.S. House candidate Corey Stapleton comes under fire for a controversial newsletter.

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R) - Montana
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In the historic vote making Donald Trump the third president to be impeached by Congress, Montana’s U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte voted against the articles.

The full house voted to impeach President Trump on two articles alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

About 100 Flathead Valley area residents gathered in Kalispell’s Depot Park Tuesday, Dec. 17, calling for President Donald Trump’s removal ahead of the U.S. House’s vote on impeachment.
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Ahead of Wednesday's U.S. House vote on articles of impeachment, several hundred Montanans rallied across the state Tuesday night both to defend the president and to call for his removal from office.

U.S. Capitol
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The House of Representatives Wednesday will debate and vote on two articles of impeachment against President Trump; one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of justice. Where do Montana's 2020 House candidates stand?

The U.S. House passed the National Defense Authorization Act today. That means the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana is halfway to federal recognition. But will the tribe’s land base include Hill 57?

Trucks wait at a Canadian border crossing.
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Beltway Democrats and Republicans are both claiming victory over this week’s announced overhaul of the 25-year-old NAFTA trade agreement. Back home in Montana, farmers and ranchers are still sifting through the pact’s details with a fine-toothed comb. 

Greg Gianforte helps warm-up the crowd before President Trump arrives at a Missoula, MT campaign rally, Oct. 18, 2018.
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Montana’s lone voice in the U.S. House is blasting Democrats following Thursday's announced drafting of the articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Grizzly bear with cubs.
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A record number of grizzly bears were killed this year in and around Glacier National Park. It’s the second year in a row of record deaths for the threatened species in the area, which is home to more grizzlies than anywhere in the lower 48 states.

But there’s disagreement over whether two years of record bear deaths should raise alarm bells.

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