Three Key Races Poised to Shape Montana’s Future

Candidates make their final pitches for why they're best equipped to serve in the U.S. House, U.S. Senate and as Montana's next governor

By Tristan Scott

Mail ballots were sent out to Montana voters on Oct. 9 and election offices are already seeing returns, with a slate of three key races featured prominently at the top of the ticket — U.S. House, U.S. Senate and the next governor of Montana.

With the 2020 general election set to take place on Nov. 3, and with ballots now in hand, voters still have time to make sure they’re informed about the issues candidates are identifying as their top priorities, as well as the platforms they stand on and the records to back them up.

Here’s a look at three of the top races in Montana.


Democratic candidate for U.S. House Kathleen Williams in Kalispell. Beacon File Photo

Congressional Candidates Double Down on Bid for Montana’s Lone House Seat

Democrat Kathleen Williams takes second swing at Montana’s at-large seat, while State Auditor Matt Rosendale campaigns on Trump loyalty



U.S. Senator Steve Daines tours the Glacier Rail Park and CHS Mountain West Co-op facilities in Kalispell on July 24, 2020. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

Montana’s High-Stakes Senate Race

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines make their cases for who should represent ‘Montana values’ in Washington



Lt. Governor Mike Cooney tours a segment of the Great Northern Historical Trail in the Batavia area west of Kalispell on July 24, 2020. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

The Race to Govern Montana

Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, a Democrat, and Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, have contrasting visions for Montana’s future


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