Ryan Zinke

Polling shows Ryan Zinke with a big lead in the U.S. House race. New campaign ads are out in both the gubernatorial and House races. Republicans claim the advantage in state superintendent and state auditor race. Polls show 40 percent of Montanans are undecided in the Supreme Court race. And Republicans worry about voter fraud in Montana. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin dig in to these issues and more in this episode of "Campaign Beat."

New Poll Shows Zinke Far Ahead Of Juneau

Oct 17, 2016
Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke
Denise Juneau: courtesy Bronte Wittpen; Ryan Zinke: William Marcus

A new Lee Newspapers poll shows Republican incumbent Ryan Zinke leading Democratic challenger Denise Juneau by a wide margin in the race for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House.

The Lee poll, performed by the Mason-Dixon polling firm shows Zinke leading Juneau by a margin of 53 percent to 40 percent.

Corin Cates-Carney sampled voter sentiment at league bowling night in Anaconda recently
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Around the time the state capitol in Helena locked up for the night last Thursday, the regulars at Cedar Park Lanes in Anaconda started pouring a few beers and lacing up for league bowling.

As I walked into the 12-lane bowling alley the TVs were tuned to Thursday night football and playoff baseball: Game One of the ALDS, Red Sox and Indians. A birthday party for a kid was being thrown on the far side of the room.

It’s close to a month before Election Day, and I showed up to ask whoever was there if, and how, they will cast their vote.

Gov. Steve Bullock and Greg Gianforte hold their final debate, as well as release new ads in the gubernatorial race. Congressman Ryan Zinke speaks out about a recently released Donald Trump video. Capitol reporter Corin Cates-Carney sits in for Sally Mauk, and is joined by Rob Saldin and Chuck Johnson on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

'Fighting For The House'

Oct 14, 2016

The battle for the U.S. House has taken a back seat to the political fireworks in the 2016 presidential and Montana governor's race. But with Montana's lone voice in the House on the line, U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke and MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau are running aggressive campaigns. MontanaPBS profiles their strengths, their political positions and their criticisms of each other in this half-hour documentary from producer Anna Rau. How close do they hew to their party's lines? How will they vote if Montanans elect them?

Tune in to MTPR Sunday October 16, at 6:00 p.m. to learn more or watch online now.

Denise Juneau is the Democratic candidate for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Denise Juneau, the Democratic candidate for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, gave these comments to the media Saturday afternoon, after Donald Trump's taped comments from 2005 about women became public Friday.

Republican Ryan Zinke

It didn't take long for several prominent Republicans to say they could no longer support Donald Trump's candidacy for president, after a 2005 recording of him speaking disparagingly of women became public Friday.

On Saturday, Montana's Congressman Ryan Zinke, a strong supporter of Trump, issued this statement:

Gay rights come up in the U.S. House debate, new polling puts Zinke ahead of Juneau by 3 percentage points, and are Bullock and Gianforte's latest campaign tactics just distractions? Sally Mauk and Rob Saldin dig in to these issues and more in this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Democratic House candidate Denise Juneau was asked during last night’s final U.S. House debate what she would do to protect the rights of LBGT individuals.

“Number one get elected,” Juneau said, as audience erupted in cheers. She said she welcomed that question from the standing room only audience at Heritage Hall, College of Great Falls-MSU.

Juneau said this race is historic for Montana because she’s a woman, Native American, and openly gay.

Three hopefuls for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives sparred in Great Falls last night, in their last debate before election day.