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Monica Tranel wins Democratic nomination for Montana's western district House seat

Monica Tranel
Freddy Monares
Monica Tranel

Monica Tranel has won the three-way race for the Montana Democratic nomination to compete for the state’s western U.S. House seat.

Tranel, a longtime Montana energy attorney, beat out Cora Neumann, a public health expert, and Tom Winter, a former state lawmaker who now works in broadband. Tranel will now move onto the general election.

Neumann and Winter both conceded to Tranel before the race was officially called.

Tranel’s campaign focused on building bridges with Republicans, transitioning to cleaner energy and taxing corporations and the wealthy at a higher rate.

Neumann outraised and outspent her opponents, with $1.3 million raised and $1 million spent. Tranel raised roughly $800,000 and spent nearly all of it, having $2,000 left on hand. Winter raised $98,000 total and also had about $2,000 of that left on Election Day.

For the first time in 30 years, Montanans will elect two representatives to the U.S. House on November 8.

Tranel will face the winner of the Republican primary.

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