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Kathleen Williams

L to R, Libertarian Elinor Swanson, Democrat Kathleen Williams and Republican Greg Gianforte
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The candidates in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat met this weekend for the first of two debates before election day.

It was a chance for the Libertarian and Democratic challengers to try and chip away at incumbent Republican Greg Gianforte, who had the most to lose going into the candidates’ in-person faceoff.

On a closed TV set at Montana Television Network in Helena, Gianforte along with challengers Democrat Kathleen Williams, and Libertarian Elinor Swanson took turns answering questions from MTN and Yellowstone Public Radio journalists.

Sally Mauk: Welcome to Campaign Beat, our weekly political analysis program. I'm Sally Mauk and I'm joined by University of Montana Political Science Professor Rob Saldin and Veteran Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.

Montana's House and Senate races are tightening, giving hope to the challengers; new ads trumpet Trump support and guns; and the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination process could be a wild-card in the congressional contests. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin analyse this week's campaign news now, on "Campaign Beat."

New ads in the Senate race go after ethics pledges, campaign finance violations — and feature the inevitable cow. The booming economy and the Trump factor are featured in new ads in the House race. And last but not least, a new ad appeals to Montana beer drinkers. We break down the latest ads and issues in the congressional races, right now on "Campaign Beat."

Montana U.S. House candidates Greg Gianforte and Kathleen Williams.
(Williams: Olga Kreimer/MTPR)

The candidates running for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House are using very different campaign tactics. MTPR’s News Director Eric Whitney talks with longtime political reporter Tom Lutey about what the candidates are doing, and why.

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