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Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters in an open-air tent outside Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, shortly after the AP called the governor's race in his favor, Nov. 03, 2020.
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Greg Gianforte will be Montana’s first Republican governor in 16 years. The Associated Press called the race Tuesday night.

Campaign Beat: Record Turnout, Tightening Races And Dirty Tricks

Oct 30, 2020

Voter turnout in Montana could break an all-time record. A new poll shows the governor's race tightening. New ads in that race look to make closing arguments. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is the victim of a Cooney campaign dirty trick. Senator Daines brings Cruz, Rubio and Don Jr. into the state for some last minute campaigning. And we may not know who won the top races until the day after election night.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

It's less than two weeks before election day and Montana on Thursday again set a new record for COVID-19 cases reported in a single day with more than 900. Whoever is elected as Montana's next governor will inherit oversight of the state's response to the pandemic. Yellowstone Public Radio's Nicky Ouellet and Rachel Cramer discuss what the candidates are and aren't saying about how they'd handle the public health crisis.

Campaign Beat: Rich Candidates And Poor Coronavirus Plans

Oct 23, 2020

Greg Gianforte writes himself another big check in the governor race. Neither candidate for that office wants to answer hard questions about dealing with the pandemic. And both our gubernatorial and Senate races are getting plenty of national attention.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks at a campaign rally in Women's Park in Helena on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Shaylee Ragar / Montana Public Radio

This week we’re publishing profiles on both the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor. MTPR's Shaylee Ragar brings us this look at Democrat Mike Cooney and his bid for Montana’s executive office.

Campaign Beat: It's Going To Be A Squeaker

Oct 16, 2020

If a new poll is correct, it's going to be a suspenseful election night in Montana. Fundraising in the Senate race is off the charts. The Senate candidates take turns accusing each other of being a party hack. The Missoulian newspaper tries to clean up a mess over a controversial endorsement. A new ad in the House race features a talking elk. And candidates in the the state auditor's race try to gain some voter attention

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Watch: MontanaPBS Vote 2020 Candidate Profiles

Oct 9, 2020

Get to know each of the candidates as part of the MT U.S. House, U.S. Senate and Montana Governor's race including Matt Rosendale (R), Kathleen Williams (D), Steve Daines (R), Steve Bullock (D), Mike Cooney (D), Greg Gianforte (R) and Lyman Bishop (L).

Mike Cooney is the 2020 Democratic candidate for governor.

Montana Public Radio is gathering information on all statewide general election candidates to publish as a resource for our audience. We asked all the statewide candidates to respond to the following questions via email, limiting their answers to 150 words per question. These are their unedited responses.

Mike Cooney is the 2020 Democratic candidate for governor.

On Tuesday night the candidates for governor Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Mike Cooney faced off in a debate on MontanaPBS. To make sense of what the candidates said, students and professors at the University of Montana school of journalism looked into the major claims and researched the context.
Professor Lee Banville spoke with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney about the highlights.

The Democrat and Republican vying to be Montana’s next governor traded salvos during a debate hosted by MontanaPBS Tuesday night. 

The debate highlighted deep contrasts between Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney and Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte on the COVID-19 pandemic, education funding and concealed carry permits in Montana.