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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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Montana Elections
4:37 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Governor Bullock Says Every Ballot Counts In This Year's Elections

Montana Governor Steve Bullock cast his ballot Tuesday morning in Helena.
Credit Steve Jess

Montana Governor Steve Bullock cast his ballot in Helena this morning,  and then met with reporters outside the Helena Civic Center. Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Bureau Chief Steve Jess was there.

The Democratic Governor politely dodged questions about who he voted for, except to say that no one would be surprised if they knew. But he reminded Montana voters that many elections, especially on the local level, are decided by slim margins, so every vote really does count.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Philip Aaberg

Credit courtesy of Phil Aaberg

Pianist and composer Philip Aaberg has played with the Boston Pops, at the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, and with pop and blues musicians like Peter Gabriel, Elvin Bishop, and the Doobie Brothers. His piano playing is featured on more than 200 recordings by other artists. But Aaberg acknowledges his Montana "Hi-line" origins with pride. Not only does he live in the town where he grew up, but until late in her life, he continued studying with his early piano teacher.

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