Election 2020

Tonight on Campaign Beat: Montana leaders have different takes on the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New campaign ads emphasize jobs and values. And political newcomers are likely the most challenged by the shortened campaign season.

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

Counties Prepare For Mail-In Voting; COVID-19 Puts Spotlight On Bullock

Mar 27, 2020

Tonight on Campaign Beat: Primary election ballots are set to be mailed in six weeks. Members of Congress arguably have less influence than governors during the growing pandemic. Montana Republicans fess up to their effort to get Greens on the ballot. And Montana's secretary of state thinks this is "the perfect time for a crisis."

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

Gubernatorial Campaigns Go Digital In Response To Public Health Concerns

Mar 20, 2020

Less than a week after Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency in Montana in preparation for a coronavirus pandemic, response to the disease is having an impact on the campaigns of Bullock’s would-be successors. Most of those campaigns have now gone digital, with Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates using social media to interact with voters and spread word of the public health emergency.

Montana Secretary of State


We now know what Montana’s primary ballots will look on June 2. Monday marked the final day for Montana candidates to file for office. 

Kristen Juras stands at a podium in front of the Montana flag
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio News

Another Montana Republican running for governor has named his running mate. At a rally in Billings Sunday, Gianforte said he’s choosing Great Falls-based attorney Kristen Juras, who he said has helped farmers, ranchers and small businesses navigate red tape in Montana.

One man speaks into a microphone on stage while three people are seated behind him.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana’s Democratic primary candidates for U.S. Senate faced off for the first time in Bozeman Feb. 21. Health care, energy and liveable incomes were discussed during the debate. 

A former Montana legislator has accused a fellow Democrat of being ineligible for the office he’s campaigning for, alleging he hasn’t practiced law in the state for long enough to run for state attorney general. A two-way Democratic primary is underway for the job, pitting Missoula state Representative Kimberly Dudik against Raph Graybill, chief legal counsel to the Governor’s Office.

The U.S. Capitol building
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s U.S. Senators split their votes along party lines, as expected, on the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner dropped out of the gubernatorial race Monday, leaving just two candidates running in the Montana Democratic primary race for governor.

The first incumbent on Montana’s state land board has filed for reelection. Most statewide candidates with seats on the board are either terming out of their jobs this year or seeking a new political office.

Elsie Arntzen is the current Republican superintendent of public instruction and one of five elected officials that sit on the land board that oversees state trust lands. The governor, attorney general, state auditor, and secretary of state also sit on the board.

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