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'Campaign Beat' Election 2016 Wrap-Up

Nov 9, 2016

In statewide races, Republicans take every office except for governor. Incumbent Ryan Zinke wins the U.S. House race in a runaway victory. And the analysts predict what to expect from President Trump. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin dig in to these issues and more in this episode of “Campaign Beat.

Governor Bullock watching election returns with his family in Helena.
Mike Albans

It took until around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning to learn incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock won reelection over Republican Greg Gianforte.

The candidates went to bed on election night with the results too close to call. At one point overnight, Gianforte had a slight lead. But when the race was called, Bullock won the seat by about 12,000 votes. Some votes were still being counted as of Wednesday afternoon.

Supporters taking pics with Governor Bullock.
Mike Albans

As Montana Democrats gathered in Helena to watch election results come in last night, photographer Mike Albans caught some candid shots of their celebration, and reactions to the news that Donald Trump was winning the presidential race.

Corey Stapleton is elected as Montana’s next Secretary of State
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Corey Stapleton was elected as Montana’s next Secretary of State.  The Billings Republican faced Democrat Monica Lindeen for the open seat.

Governor Bullock at his election night watch party in Helena last night
Mike Albans

The Montana Governor's race has just been called by the Associated press. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock is at 49.6 percent to Republican challenger Greg Gianforte's 47.1 percent.

Sandefur Elected Montana's Next Supreme Court Justice

Nov 9, 2016
Dirk Sandefur.
Josh Burnham

District Judge Dirk Sandefur defeated University of Montana adjunct law professor Kristen Juras this morning 55 to 44 in the race for an open seat on the Montana Supreme Court.

The latest returns show Republican Elsie Arntzen leading Democrat Melissa Romano in the race for state school superintendent as of early this morning.

Trump Rides His Movement To Vindication And The White House

Nov 9, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump.
Michael Valdon (CC-BY-SA-2)

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump awakened a movement of angry working-class voters fed up with political insiders and desperate for change. On Tuesday, that movement propelled him to the White House.

Trump's stunning, come-from-behind victory over Hillary Clinton served as a symbolic raised middle finger to the political establishment from his fervent backers.

Zinke Wins Re-Election To US House

Nov 9, 2016
Congressman Zinke at his election night watch party in Whitefish last night
Nicky Ouellet

The race for Montana’s single seat in the House was called early this morning. With 98 percent of precinct reporting, Ryan Zinke has over 57 percent of the vote to Denise Juneau’s 39 percent that’s as of about 5:30 this morning.

Congressman Ryan Zinke’s election night watch party in Whitefish has drawn a crowd of about 100 people, including the leader of a local group that promotes greater scrutiny of Muslims in the name of national security.