Montana 6/5 Primary: At a Glance


Montana has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, June 5. Here you’ll find resources for voters and quick overview of politics in the state for context. There are also a few key races noted.

Montana Voter Resources
Registration deadline:  May 7
Confirm your voter registration:
Info for overseas/military voters here
Early voting: May 5 – June 4
Absentee voting info here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here

Montana Politics Quick Facts
– 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
– 1 House Representative is up for re-election
– Voted +20 for Trump in 2016
– Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
Governor (D)
State Senate 32 (R) – 18 (D)
State House 59 (R) – 41 (D)

Key Races

John Tester is the incumbent and is running unopposed. He will face the winner of the Republican primary. Ballotpedia has a short summary of Tester’s recent public battle with President Trump.

Five Democrats are running in the primary for Montana’s one U.S. House seat. See the candidates here. The winner will go against Greg Gianforte (R) who won the seat in a controversial special election in 2017.

25 of the 50 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Democrats need to flip 8 seats to retake the Senate. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 100 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. Democrats need to flip 10 seats to retake the House. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Montana Elections 2018You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Montana Democrats.

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