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MONTANA

Popmontanaulation: 1,032,949 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 14, 2016.

Primary: June 7, 2016.

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Montana (R+7) is a moderate state where the GOP has a grip on the Presidential elections, but where both parties are highly competitive on the local level. In 2010, Montana was 90% White and 5% Native American.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 3. Mon­tana is considered a moderately Republican state in Presidential elections.

Sena­torer: 1 demokrater, 1 republikaner.

Jon Tester. (Pic: Congress)

Jon Tester. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Jon Tester (D)
Committees: Indian Affairs (Ranking), Appropriations, Banking, Homeland Security, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: Jon Tester
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Teacher, farmer and State Senator Jon Tester (b.1956) defeated the incumbent Republican in 2006 by a small margin. He was re-elected in another squeaker against then Congressman Denny Rehberg in 2012, with only 48%.

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Steve Daines. (Pic: Congress)

Steve Daines. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Steve Daines (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Commerce, Energy & Natural Resources, Indian Affairs.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeSteve Daines

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Businessman Steve Daines (b.1962) served one term in the House, before he was elected to the Senate with 58% in 2014.

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Repre­sen­ta­tives: 1 Republican.

Ryan Zinke. (Pic: Congress)

Ryan Zinke. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Ryan Zinke (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeDenise Juneau
Republican nomineeRyan Zinke

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (R+7) contains all of Montana. Veteran and State Senator Ryan Zinke (b.1961) held the seat for the GOP in 2014, with 55%. The Democrats are running one of their best names, State Superintendent Denise Juneau.

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STATE LEVEL

Steve Bullock. (Pic: State of MT)

Steve Bullock. (Pic: State of MT)

Governor: Steve Bul­lock (D)

Democratic nominee: Steve Bul­lock
Republican nominee: Greg Gianforte

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Lawyer and Attorney General Steve Bul­lock (b.1966) was elected Governor in 2012 with a small margin and only 49%. He faces a somewhat symbolic challenge from former State Representative Bill McChesney. The GOP nominee is businessman and billionaire Greg Gianforte, who has a symbolic challenger of his own in Ravalli County planning administrator Terry Nelson.

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Mike Cooney. (Pic: State of MT))

Mike Cooney. (Pic: State of MT))

Lieutenant Governor: Mike Cooney (D)

Democratic nominee: Mike Cooney
Republican nominee: Lesley Robinson

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the party’s gubernatorial nominee and is nominated and elected on the same ticket. Bullock went through two other LGs before appointing former Secretary of State, Mike Cooney (b.1954), who is also his running mate in November. Gianforte chose Phillips County Commissioner and rancher Lesley Robinson.

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Linda McCulloch. (Pic: State of MT)

Linda McCulloch. (Pic: State of MT)

Secretary of State: Linda McCul­loch (D)

Democratic nomineeMonica Lindeen
Republican nomineeCorey Stapleton

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
State Representative and school administrator Linda McCul­loch (b.1954) was first elected in 2008 and is term limited in her current position. The Democrats are instead running State Auditor Monica Lindeen. The GOP nominee is former State Senator Corey Stapleton.

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Monica Lindeen. (Pic: State of MT)

Monica Lindeen. (Pic: State of MT)

Auditor: Monica Lindeen (D)

Democratic nomineeJesse Laslovich
Republican nominee: Matt Rosendale

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The title of this office is a misnomer, as it has more to do with regulating the insurance business than with auditing. Teacher and State Representative Monica Lindeen (b.1962) was first elected in 2008 and is term limited. The Dems have nominated Assistant State Auditor Jesse Laslovich. The Republicans have nominated State Senator Matt Rosendale.

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Tim Fox. (Pic: State of MT)

Tim Fox. (Pic: State of MT)

Attorny General­: Tim Fox (R)

Democratic nominee: Larry Jent
Republican nominee: Tim Fox

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Lawyer and geologist Tim Fox (b.1957) won the office for the GOP in 2012, with 54%. The Dems are running lawyer and former State Senator Larry Jent.

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Denise Juneau. (Pic: State of MT)

Denise Juneau. (Pic: State of MT)

School Superintendent­: Denise Juneau (D)

Democratic nomineeMelissa Romano
Republican nomineeElsie Arntzen

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Teacher and lawyer Denise Juneau (b.1967) was first elected in 2008 and is term limited. The Dems nominated teacher Melissa Romano. The Republican nominee is State Senator Elsie Arntzen.

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State Senate: 50 (20D / 29R / 1V). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/2018.
State House: 100 (41D / 59R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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