2018 Election

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An association of oil and gas industry members from Montana met in Billings this week to talk about issues the industry is facing, like transporting crude oil.

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Montana saw an almost 70% voter turnout this week according to the secretary of state’s office. County clerks said that’s larger-than-usual participation for a midterm election, but it also made for a lengthy night and delayed results.

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester invited YPR to sit down for a one-on-one chat early Tuesday afternoon at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls where he and his family were staying to ride out the election. 

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During the mid-term election, Montana voters re-elected their incumbents – a Democrat and  a Republican - for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, respectively. Political scientist David Parker was asked to look at his proverbial “tea leaves” to explain the outcome.

Almost half of eligible Americans voted nationwide in this year's midterm elections, making it the highest voter turnout in almost 50 years.

Colorado ranked fifth in the nation in voter turnout with 59.7 percent of eligible voters casting ballots. Montana came in tenth with a 56.6 percent voter turnout.

Montana Free Press

A post-election poll is planned immediately after the November 6th election to better understand how Montanans feel about their elected officials and the issues.

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Great Falls on July 5, 2018.
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The MSU-MTN Poll asked registered voters to rate the job performance of the President Donald Trump and Montana’s top elected officials and Trump was at the top. A political analyst said it explains why Republican congressional candidates are tying their campaigns to the president, but there are risks.

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A political analyst found there’s a high level of uncertainty about 3 of the measures on the November 6th ballot. David Parker said that doesn’t bode well for 2 of them.


Incumbent U.S. Senator Jon Tester, D-MT, has a slight lead over his Republican challenger Matt Rosendale according to the just released MSU-MTN poll of registered voters. 

The outdoor clothing company Patagonia made the rare move of endorsing two Democratic Senate candidates on Friday — Jon Tester of Montana and Jacky Rosen of Nevada. It’s part of a larger trend in corporate America to get employees out to vote.