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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.

Political ads for Montana’s 2020 gubernatorial race have appeared on Facebook at least 760,000 times since the start of the year. Montana Public Radio found nearly all of the candidates running for office didn’t follow state rules for disclosing details about those ads to the public.

Montana State University Billings released the 32nd edition of its political poll Wednesday. The poll shows a majority of Montanans and Wyomingites support President Donald Trump and disapprove of Congress.

Montana Lieutenant Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney.
Montana Governor's Office

Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney is asking his opponents in the Democratic primary race for governor to sign a pledge to limit outside spending and self-funding in their campaigns. The pledge was called a media stunt by one opponent.

Cooney this week offered the pledge to donate to charity half of the value of any independent expenditures made by outside organizations, individuals, or corporations that benefit his campaign.

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.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Missoula businesswoman and philanthropist Whitney Williams announced Thursday she’s running for governor. She’s the fourth Democrat to enter the race.

Williams launched her first campaign for public office in a video Thursday morning and then rallied a small group of supporters on the state Capitol steps in Helena that afternoon.

Sally Mauk

        To say Whitney Williams grew up in a political family is a bit of an understatement. Her father Pat served 18 years as Montana's representative in the U.S. House. Her mother Carol was the first woman to serve as both the majority and minority leader in the state senate.
    Whitney worked on several political campaigns, served as the trip director for First Lady Hillary Clinton, and is the founder and CEO of the Seattle-based public policy and philanthropic firm known as williamsworks.

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