The Green Papers: Montana 2020 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 2 June 2020
✓ General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Monday 9 March 2020 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 26 May 2020 - Filing Deadline - Petitions for Independent/Third/Minor/President.
Tuesday 2 June 2020 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p MDT (1300-0200 UTC). A polling place with less than 400 registered voters must be open at least from noon to 8 p.m. or until all registered electors have voted.
Wednesday 9 September 2020 - Filing Deadline - Write-in.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p MST (1400-0300 UTC). A polling place with less than 400 registered voters must be open at least from noon to 8 p.m. or until all registered electors have voted.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
2022-2030 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
2010 Census:994,416 (0.32% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
Capital:Helena
 

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Montana State and Local Government

Montana 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Frequently Asked Questions and 2020 Candidate Information, and Candidate Filing from the Montana Secretary of State.


2 June 2020 Primary results and results from a media source.

2 June 2020 Official Election Results from the Montana Secretary of State.


General Election 2020 Candidate Filing from the Montana Secretary of State.

Sample Ballot 2020 from the Jefferson County Montana Elections Department.

3 November 2020 results from a media source.


3 November 2020 returns including write-in from the Montana Secretary of State.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 3 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2020
 Candidate list (3, 10 write-ins)
  Elected Republican 343,602 56.92% President Donald John Trump
for Vice President: Vice President Michael R. "Mike" Pence
(3 Electoral Votes)
FEC P80001571; 23 Nov 20; Tot $717,303,371; Dsb $718,174,436
  Candidate Democratic 244,786 40.55% former Vice President Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.
for Vice President: California Senator Kamala D. Harris
FEC P80000722; 23 Nov 20; Tot $1,064,613,463; Dsb $1,063,053,521
  Candidate Libertarian 15,252 2.53% Jo Jorgensen
for Vice President: Jeremy "Spike" Cohen
FEC P00013524; 23 Nov 20; Tot $3,405,357; Dsb $3,373,521
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 23 0.00% Mark Robert Charles
for Vice President: Adrian Wallace
FEC P00012039; 23 Nov 20; Tot $157,733; Dsb $155,506
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 6 0.00% Jade Simmons
for Vice President: Claudeliah J. Roze
FEC P00015537; 23 Nov 20; Tot $125,500; Dsb $72,644
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 3 0.00% Thomas "Tom" Hoefling
for Vice President: Andy Prior
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 2 0.00% Barbara Ruth Bellar
for Vice President: Kendra Ann Bryant
FEC P00012799; 30 Sep 20; Tot $5,051; Dsb $729
  Candidate Write-in; (Non Affiliated) 0 0.00% President R19 Boddie
for Vice President: Eric C. Stoneham
Registered as President R19 Boddie

FEC P00017202
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 0 0.00% Princess Khadijah Maryam Jacob-Fambro
for Vice President: Khadijah Maryam Jacob, Sr.
FEC P20004768
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 0 0.00% Albert L. Raley
for Vice President: Darlene Raley
  Candidate Write-in; (No Affiliation) 0 0.00% Deborah Ann "Debbie" Rouse
for Vice President: Sheila Marie Cannon
FEC P00005207
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% Marcus Errellius Sykes
for Vice President: Uni Cole Unicron
FEC P00013417; 23 Nov 20; Tot $1,310; Dsb $1,310
  Candidate Write-in; (Non Affiliated) 0 0.00% Kasey J. Wells
for Vice President: Rachel M. Wells
FEC P00007864; 14 Oct 20; Tot $10,625; Dsb $10,578
Total 603,674 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator  R. Jon "Jon" Tester
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2012, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2024

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator  Steven "Steve" Daines
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 333,174 55.01% Senator  Steven "Steve" Daines
FEC S2MT00096; 23 Nov 20; Tot $31,602,039; Dsb $32,809,186
  Candidate Democratic 272,463 44.99% Governor  Steve Bullock
FEC S0MT00173; 23 Nov 20; Tot $49,510,687; Dsb $48,352,005
Total 605,637 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 4-term period, All Governors

Chair up for regular election
Open
Democratic Governor  Steve Bullock
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2016.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit.
14 May 2019: "I'm Steve Bullock and I'm running for President."
2 December 2019: Suspended campaign. "... it has become clear that in this moment, I won't be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates ...."
9 March 2020: "Now I'm taking that fight to the US Senate."
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 328,548 54.43% Member of Congress  Greg Gianforte
for Lieutenant Governor: Kristen Juras
7 June 2019: Filed to run for Governor.
  Candidate Democratic 250,860 41.56% Lieutenant Governor  Mike Cooney
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Casey Schreiner
  Candidate Libertarian 24,179 4.01% Lyman Bishop
for Lieutenant Governor: John Nesper
  Candidate Write-in 21 0.00% Christopher J. "Chris" Hall
for Lieutenant Governor: Darren E. Hall
Total 603,608 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Elected on a ticket with the Governor.

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Lieutenant Governor  Mike Cooney
Appointed: January 2016 [re: resignation of Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean (Democratic)]. First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Open Seat - Running for Governor in 2020.

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Republican (1 Open)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
At-Large
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Member of Congress  Greg Gianforte
First elected in a Special Election: 25 May 2017 [re: resignation of Member of Congress Ryan K. Zinke (Republican) who accepted the position of Secretary of the Interior in the Trump Administration]; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Open Seat - 7 June 2019: Candidate for Governor.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 339,169 56.39% Auditor  Matt Rosendale
17 June 2019: Announced he will run for the U.S. House in 2020.

FEC H4MT00050; 23 Nov 20; Tot $4,011,711; Dsb $3,692,869
  Candidate Democratic 262,340 43.61% former state Representative Kathleen Williams
FEC H8MT01232; 31 Dec 20; Tot $6,332,417; Dsb $6,362,945
Total 601,509 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Secretary of State  Corey Stapleton
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Open Seat - 2 January 2019: Announced he will run for Governor in 2020.
15 June 2019: Announced he will run for the U.S. House in 2020.
2 June 2020: Did not receive his party's nomination for the U.S. House.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 352,939 59.56% Deputy Secretary of State  Christi Jacobsen
  Candidate Democratic 239,617 40.44% state Senator  Bryce Bennett
Total 592,556 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Attorney General Tim Fox
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Open Seat - At Term Limit.
24 January 2019: Candidate for Governor in 2020.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 348,322 58.51% Roosevelt County District Attorney  Austin Knudsen
  Candidate Democratic 247,025 41.49% Raph Graybill
Total 595,347 100.00%  

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Auditor  Matt Rosendale
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Open Seat - 17 June 2019: Announced he is a candidate for the U.S. House in 2020.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3)
  Elected Republican 326,742 55.32% Troy Downing
  Candidate Democratic 232,634 39.39% state Representative  Shane A. Morigeau
  Candidate Libertarian 31,267 5.29% Roger Roots
Total 590,643 100.00%  

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Republican Public Instruction Superintendent  Elsie Arntzen
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3)
  Elected Republican 310,111 52.19% Public Instruction Superintendent  Elsie Arntzen
  Candidate Democratic 259,886 43.74% Melissa Romano
  Candidate Libertarian 24,202 4.07% Kevin Leatherbarrow
Total 594,199 100.00%  
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 3 incumbents, 8 candidates
  Republican: 6 incumbents, 9 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 4 candidates
Independents
  Independent: 3 candidates
  No Affiliation: 1 candidate
  Non Affiliated: 2 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 2 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 11 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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  The CONSTITUTION of the STATE OF MONTANA
Election Authority
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  Montana Secretary of State Elections
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Republican
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Third Party
  Montana Green Party
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  Great Falls Tribune
  Havre Daily News
  KECI TV Missoula; KTVM TV Bozeman, Butte; KCFW TV Kalispell - NBC
  KPAX TV - CBS - Missoula
  KRTV TV - CBS - Great Falls
  KURL TV - NBC - Billings
  KXLF TV - CBS - Butte
  Laurel Outlook (Weekly)
  Lewistown News-Argus
  Make it Missoula
  Missoulian News Online - Western Montana
  Northern Broadcasting System
  Politics1.com - Montana
  Ravalli Republic - Hamilton
  The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
  The Daily Inter Lake - Kalispell
  The Independent Record - Helena
  The Leader Advertiser - Polson
  The Montana Standard - Butte
  The Whitefish Pilot
  Tobacco Valley News

 


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