Montana Voters Head to the Polls

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The historic presidential primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton ends in Montana amid a great deal of excitement.

Election officials say they expect high voter turnout Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Montana has the final say in an epic fight between Clinton and Obama, with the Illinois senator holding the inside track to the Democratic Party’s nomination.

The race brought unexpected attention to Montana, where it’s June 3 primary usually means little in presidential politics.

This year, the candidates fought hard for the state’s 16 pledged delegates and eight superdelegates. Obama was here first with offices and advertising, while Clinton hired experienced Montana political operatives and finished with new ads in Montana.

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