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Montana Candidates Look Forward To Campaigning In Person

Jun 3, 2020

Montana candidates advancing to the general election are looking forward to the time when they can get back on the campaign trail. The primary election, ramped up while the state was under directives designed to help prevent spread of the novel coronavirus, had them reliant on phone calls to reach voters.

Montana primary voters held onto an incumbent and advanced new candidates in races for the board that regulates electric utilities in the state.

The closest race for the Montana Public Service Commission was for District 2 in southeast Montana, where incumbent Republican Tony O’Donnell of Billings fought for a second term against former PSC commissioner Kirk Bushman and State Rep. Daniel Zolnikov.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a challenge to a Montana law on spending disclosure for political ads within 60 days of elections, eliciting praise from Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

A record number of Montanans have submitted ballots for the June 2 primary election. Ballots can be dropped off at county election headquarters and other drop off sites until 8 P.M. today.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says first amendment rights need to be protected as Pres. Donald Trump is calling for governors to respond with force to violent protests popping up around the nation in response to the death of George Floyd.

Two different versions of Montana conservatism have been butting heads for years in the statehouse. And they’ll be pitted against each other again in Tuesday's primary election as GOP voters choose them between factions of the Republican party – business-minded Republicans willing to work across the aisle and party hardliners who legislate with strict ideology.

 

Demonstrators continue to gather in cities across Montana in response to the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Attack Ads, Voter Turnout And The Republican Party's Future

May 29, 2020

There's still time to get your ballot in before Tuesday's primary, but you'll need to deliver it in person. Voter turnout could be heading to a new record for a primary. New ads in the Senate and gubernatorial races follow political playbooks. Democrats seek to increase Native American participation. And some key primary races could set the future direction of the state Republican Party.

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

A Montana district court will move forward with a challenge against a state law limiting the number of ballots a person can deliver on others’ behalf. As of now the law is currently blocked ahead of the Jun. 2 primary.


Few days remain before Montana’s Jun. 2 primary election, so voters who haven’t mailed their ballots should instead drop them off in person at county election offices and other drop off locations. Some election officials are already processing mail in primary envelopes.

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