Montana News

Election Night Coverage
10:39 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Steve Daines Calls For Bi-Partisanship After Election Win

Steve Daines speaks to supporters in Bozeman after his U.S. Senate race win on Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit Eric Whitney

Steve Daines was declared the winner of Montana's U.S. Senate race just minutes after the polls closed.

MTPR News Director Eric Whitney spoke with Daines at his victory celebration in Bozeman tonight.

Daines talked about some of the things he hopes to achieve in the Senate.

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U.S. House Race
10:31 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Ryan Zinke Rides GOP Momentum To Election In U.S. House Race

Zinke speaks with supporters in Whitefish on Tuesday.
Credit Jessie Mazur

  In a battle of two first-time Congressional candidates, Republican Ryan Zinke scored a solid victory over Democrat John Lewis Tuesday night.

Like many other Republicans nationwide, Zinke ran a campaign highly critical of President Barack Obama, pledging to end the president’s health care law and criticizing American policy against Islamic extremists.

The Associated Press called the race with 26 percent of the precincts reporting.

Zinke, a retired Navy Seal, stressed his military background as a central part of his campaign.

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Election Night Coverage
9:49 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Mike Wheat Fends Off Outside Money To Keep Supreme Court Seat

One of the anti-Wheat ads that flooded airwaves in the weeks before the election.

In a race that saw more than $700,000 in outside money spent to influence voters, Justice Mike Wheat fended off a challenge from former Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke.

“I think it’s a testament to the voters in Montana recognizing that their votes can’t be bought,” Wheat said Tuesday night. “In my race, voters looked at the fact that I’ve been in Montana, I’ve been practicing law here and I have experience.”

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Election Night Coverage
8:06 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Steve Daines Scores Historic Win In U.S. Senate Race

Daines addresses supporters on Tuesday evening.

In a historic GOP win Tuesday evening, first-term U.S. Congressman Steve Daines scored a decisive victory over Democratic opponent Amanda Curtis to for one of Montana’s Senate seats.

The Associated Press called the race just after the polls closed.

In the wake of his win, he told MTPR that he would focus on "moving legislation."

"We need to look at what is possible to pass through the Congress and that can be implemented," he said Tuesday night. " We need to make sure we're not just passing symbolic votes."

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2014 Election Results
8:01 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

General Election Results 2014

Election results for 2014 Montana and national races.

Election Night Coverage
8:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

MTPR On Scene At Daines Watch Party

Governor Steve Daines and his wife, Cindy, talk to reporters after voting at the Gallatin County Elections Office in Bozeman this morning.
Credit Eric Whitney

MTPR News Director Eric Whitney is covering the Steve Daines election night watch party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman tonight.

Earlier today he spoke briefly with the Republican Congressman at a press conference, after Daines and his wife Cindy voted at the county election office on Main street. 

"It's bringing back a lot of memories today," Daines said, pointing to the building across the street. "That's where I went to fifth and sixth grade right there, back when it used to be Wilson Middle School."

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Election Night Coverage
8:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

MTPR On Scene At Lewis Watch Party

U.S. House candidate John Lewis prepares for a TV interview at a Democratic election night watch party in Helena, MT.
Credit Steve Jess

Helena's Democrats have chosen a very memorable setting for their watch party: It's Exploration Works, a science museum normally teeming with school-age children. Candidates and party officials are wandering among the exhibits that highlight the inner life of cells, or explaining how solar power works.

It's a colorful background for this election night, though some of the seats are a bit lower to the ground than you might be accustomed to.

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Election Night Coverage
7:23 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Homegrown Candidates Tout Their Roots; Do Voters Care?

Ryan Zinke found two more additional generations of Montana lineage to help better John Lewis' four generations.

 Native-born Montanans have a deep sense of pride. But if you’re one of the 54 percent of Montana residents born elsewhere, you might wonder why that seems to be such a big deal in the state’s election campaigns.

Montana candidates are eager to show voters that they and their families have deep roots in the Big Sky Country. Most TV ads feature the candidate telling viewers how long his or her family has been here.

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Identifying Herself For First Time
5:18 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

UM Rape Victim To Tell Story On 60 Minutes

The woman whose claim that she was raped in 2010 led to the punishment of four University of Montana football players, including the expulsion of one, will tell her story on the television show 60 Minutes Reports on Showtime tonight.

Kelsey Belnap is revealing her identity for the first time. She says four football players raped her one night after a drinking competition at an apartment near the University. She reported the incident to Missoula police, but Missoula County Prosecutor Fred Van Valkenburg did not press charges.

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Civic Duty Also A Social Event
5:15 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Elections A Big Deal In Small Towns

Main street, Libby, MT.
Credit libbymt.com

Voters in Montana’s cities can sometimes face long voting lines. We checked in with election officials in a couple of small towns to see how things are going for them.

"The turnout is brisk," Leigh Riggleman, Lincoln County Assistant Elections Administrator in Libby says. "Our polling stations seem to be very busy. Our front counter for late registration has been steady. (We) always like to see good voter turnout."

Riggleman says Lincoln County has roughly 13,000 registered voters and seven polling stations, but she says voting by mail is getting more popular every year.

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