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.
Monday 25 May 2020 - Filing Deadline - Petitions for Independent/Third/Minor.
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.
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 
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 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

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
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (5)
  Candidate Democratic     Helena Mayor Wilmot James Collins
FEC S0MT00090; 30 Sep 19; Tot $177,489; Dsb $128,874
  Candidate Democratic     Michael Chantry "Mike" Knoles
FEC S0MT00124
  Candidate Democratic     John Mues
FEC S0MT00108; 30 Sep 19; Tot $101,395; Dsb $50,201
  Candidate Democratic     Cora Neumann
FEC S0MT00132
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Steven "Steve" Daines
FEC S2MT00096; 30 Sep 19; Tot $3,850,670; Dsb $1,113,806

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."
 Candidate list (9)
  Candidate Democratic     Lieutenant Governor  Mike Cooney
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Reilly Neill
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Casey Schreiner
  Candidate Democratic     Whitney Williams
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Tim Fox
24 January 2019: Candidate for Governor in 2020.
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Greg Gianforte
7 June 2019: Filed to run for Governor.
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Albert "Al" Olszewski
for Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Kenneth Bogner
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator Gary Perry
  Candidate Libertarian     Ron Vandevender
for Lieutenant Governor: Roger Roots

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 Congressman  Greg Gianforte
First elected in a Special Election: 25 May 2017 [re: resignation of Congressman 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: Filed to run for Governor.
 Candidate list (8) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Matthew "Matt" Rains
FEC H0MT00116; 30 Sep 19; Tot $35,972; Dsb $21,424
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Kathleen Williams
FEC H8MT01232; 30 Sep 19; Tot $829,824; Dsb $239,171
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Thomas "Tom" Winter
FEC H0MT00090; 30 Sep 19; Tot $197,671; Dsb $84,021
  Candidate Republican     Joe Dooling
FEC H0MT00108; 30 Sep 19; Tot $14,298; Dsb $5,136
  Candidate Republican     Corvallis School District Superintendent  Timothy Alan "Tim" Johnson
FEC H0MT01080
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Debra Lamm
FEC H0MT01098; 30 Sep 19; Tot $35,312; Dsb $3,064
  Candidate Republican     Auditor  Matt Rosendale
17 June 2019: Announced he will run for the U.S. House in 2020.

FEC H4MT00050; 30 Sep 19; Tot $721,017; Dsb $139,824
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Corey Stapleton
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.

FEC H4MT01033; 30 Sep 19; Tot $122,270; Dsb $38,349

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.
 Candidate list (5)
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Bryce Bennett
  Candidate Republican     Bowen Greenwood
  Candidate Republican     Deputy Secretary of State  Christi Jacobsen
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Forrest Mandeville
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Scott Sales

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.
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Kimberly Dudik
  Candidate Democratic     Raph Graybill
  Candidate Republican     Jon Bennion
  Candidate Republican     Roosevelt County District Attorney  Austin Knudsen

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 will run for the U.S. House in 2020.
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Shane Morigeau
  Candidate Republican     Troy Downing
  Candidate Republican     Nelly Nicol

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Public Instruction Superintendent  Elsie Arntzen
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Melissa Romano
 

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, 16 candidates
  Republican: 6 incumbents, 18 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: 1 candidate
 
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.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  The CONSTITUTION of the STATE OF MONTANA
Election Authority
  Montana Secretary of State
  Montana Secretary of State Elections
Democratic
  Montana Democratic Party
Republican
  Montana Republican Party
Third Party
  Montana Green Party
  Montana Libertarian Party
  Montana Libertarian Party - Facebook
Media & others
  Bigfork Eagle
  Billings Gazette
  Great Falls Tribune
  Havre Daily News
  KECI TV Missoula; KTVM TV Bozeman, Butte; KCFW TV Kalispell - NBC
  KURL TV - NBC - Billings
  Laurel Outlook (Weekly)
  Lewistown News-Argus
  Make it Missoula
  Missoula Independent (Weekly)
  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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