GOP Eyes Control of Montana Legislature

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – State Republicans and Democrats are sifting through late results in close legislative races as the GOP eyes control of the Montana Legislature.

Votes in a number of key seats are still being counted, and the races are too close to call.

Republicans say they think they could get control of the House by 51 seats to 49 seats.

Democrats say it looks like it might be tied 50-50. And they are still holding out hope they could get 51 seats if recounts go their way.

Both parties believe the GOP has retaken control of the state Senate by a 27 to 23 margin.

The close results continue a recent trend of tight margins in the Legislature, which in 2007 was unable for the first time in its history to pass a budget during the regular session.