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Kathleen Williams announces her 2020 run for the U.S. House seat as Billings physician Anne Giuliano and retired oil refinery operator JW Westman look on at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, April 5, 2019.
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

A second Democrat has tossed her hat in the ring in the run for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.

Former state lawmaker Kathleen Williams announced her 2020 bid today on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn in Billings.

Another Republican joins the 2020 race for governor. Republicans may be open to borrowing money for infrastructure projects — with a catch. A proposal for the state to buy a coal-fired power plant gets a rocky reception. Why passing new taxes could get harder. And a new poll shows the power of independent voters in Montana. Learn more now on "Capitol Talk" with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Corin Cates-Carney.

Spending by Candidates In Montana's U.S. Senate Races, 2000-2018. Data: opensecrets.org, fec.org
Corin Cates Carney

The candidates for Montana's two contested seats in Congress this year, and their supporters, spent more than $76 million over the last two years in their election campaigns.

The U.S. Senate race between Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Matt Rosendale brought in most of that money, making it the most expensive election contest in state history.

Tester picks up votes in Trump country, and Montanans continue a long tradition of ticket-splitting. Governor Bullock has his hands full with another Republican-led Legislature, and this election stands out in many ways from previous Montana mid-terms. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin break it all down in this season's final installment of "Campaign Beat."

Kathleen Williams. File photo.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Republican Greg Gianforte defeated Democrat Kathleen Williams in Montana's U.S. House race last night to win his first full term in office. With nearly all votes counted today, Gianforte won by a margin of 6.1 percent. He got 51.6 percent of the vote to Williams’ 45.5.

Neal Ullman, a spokesperson for Kathleen Williams’ campaign says misleading campaign ads may have contributed to Williams’ defeat but doesn’t know what other factors played a part.

Greg Gianforte Wins First Full House Term In Montana

Nov 7, 2018
Greg Gianforte addresses the crowd at his campaign watch party late Tuesday night as his wife Susan looks on. Nov. 6, 2018
Nate Hegyi / Yellowstone Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte has defeated Democrat Kathleen Williams in Montana's U.S. House race to win his first full term in office.

The technology entrepreneur on Tuesday successfully defended the seat he won in a special election last year by campaigning as a strident supporter of President Donald Trump.

Updated at 9 a.m. Check our Live Election Results for the most up to date information.

Not all of Montana's precincts have fully reported this morning so in some cases we don't know much more than we did by the time many people went to bed last night.

Senator Jon Tester campaigned with other Democrats for statewide office in Browning Nov 3, where he was lauded as an advocate for solving the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Nicky Ouellet

As members of the Crow tribal council stood alongside Republican Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale for his pro-coal stance at the Bozeman airport Saturday, tribal leaders from the Blackfeet Nation and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes threw their weight behind Democrats Senator Jon Tester and Congressional candidate Kathleen Williams.

They started their day in Browning with a breakfast feed. By afternoon, they were at Elks Lodge in Polson with the Blacklodge drum circle.

Protesters gathered outside Trump rally at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Belgrade, Montana
Corin Cates-Carney

Thousands of people gathered in Belgrade this weekend for President Donald Trump’s fourth visit to Montana to spur support for Republicans in the finals days before the midterm election. Once the airplane hangar turned Trump rally site at the Bozeman Yellowstone Airport filled up, an overflow crowd gathered outside its doors to listen to the President’s voice applifed from nearby speakers.

A fourth presidential visit to Montana continues a grudge President Trump has with Jon Tester. Libertarians have sometimes influenced the outcome of a Montana Senate race, but will they this year? Republican ads focus on immigration, while Democratic ads want to highlight health care. And the infamous body-slam keeps coming up in the House race. Sally, Chuck and Rob talk about what it all means for Tuesday's election, right now on "Campaign Beat."

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