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2016 Montana elections

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A general election was held in the state of Montana on November 8, 2016, with primaries being held on June 7, 2016. All six executive offices were up for election, as well as the state's U.S. House seat and the state legislature.

Federal elections

President

Main article: 2016 United States presidential election in Montana

See also: 2016 Montana Democratic presidential primary

2016 United States presidential election in Montana[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Donald Trump 279,240 56.17 Increase0.82
Democratic Hillary Clinton 177,709 35.75 Decrease5.95
Libertarian Gary Johnson 28,037 5.64 Increase2.71
Green Jill Stein 7,970 1.60 Steady
Write-in Evan McMullin 2,297 0.46 Steady
American Delta Rocky De La Fuente 1,570 0.32 Steady
Write-in 324 0.06 Steady
Total votes 497,147 100.00
Republican win

House of Representatives

Main article: 2016 United States House of Representatives election in Montana

2016 Montana's at-large congressional district election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ryan Zinke (incumbent) 285,358 56.19 Increase0.78
Democratic Denise Juneau 205,919 40.55 Increase0.14
Libertarian Rick Breckenridge 16,554 3.26 Decrease0.92
Total votes 507,831 100.00
Republican hold

Governor

Main article: 2016 Montana gubernatorial election

2016 Montana gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Steve Bullock (incumbent) 255,933 50.25 Increase1.35
Republican Greg Gianforte 236,115 46.35 Decrease0.99
Libertarian Ted Dunlap 17,312 3.40 Decrease0.36
Total votes 509,360 100.00
Democratic hold

Secretary of State

Incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Linda McCulloch was term-limited and could not seek re-election to a third term. State Auditor Monica J. Lindeen became the Democratic nominee, while senate minority leader Corey Stapleton was the Republican nominee. Stapleton defeated Lindeen in the general election.

Democratic primary

Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Monica J. Lindeen 111,525 100.00
Total votes 111,525 100.00

Republican primary

Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Corey Stapleton 137,252 100.00
Total votes 137,252 100.00

General election

2016 Montana Secretary of State election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Corey Stapleton 277,473 55.49 Increase10.39
Democratic Monica J. Lindeen 204,861 40.97 Decrease10.44
Libertarian Roger Roots 17,687 3.54 Increase0.05
Total votes 500,021 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

Attorney General

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Tim Fox ran for election to a second term. He was easily re-elected over state senator Larry Jent.

Republican primary

Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Fox (incumbent) 140,173 100.00
Total votes 140,173 100.00

Democratic primary

Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Larry Jent 102,171 100.00
Total votes 102,171 100.00

General election

2016 Montana Attorney General election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tim Fox (incumbent) 332,766 67.67 Increase13.99
Democratic Larry Jent 158,970 32.33 Decrease13.99
Total votes 491,736 100.00
Republican hold

Auditor

Incumbent Democratic State Auditor Monica J. Lindeen was term-limited and could not run for re-election. Lindeen's chief legal counsel Jesse Laslovich was nominated by the Democratic Party to succeed her. State senator Matt Rosendale became the Republican nominee. Rosendale defeated Laslovich in the general election.

Democratic primary

Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse Laslovich 103,972 100.00
Total votes 103,972 100.00

Republican primary

Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Rosendale 132,813 100.00
Total votes 132,813 100.00

General election

2016 Montana State Auditor election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Matt Rosendale 262,045 53.81 Increase7.33
Democratic Jesse Laslovich 224,925 46.19 Decrease7.33
Total votes 486,970 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Incumbent Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau was term-limited and could not run for re-election. Melissa Romano, an elementary school teacher, was the Democratic nominee. State senator Elsie Arntzen became the Republican nominee. Arntzen won the election by a small margin.

Democratic primary

Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Melissa Romano 103,951 100.00
Total votes 103,951 100.00

Republican primary

Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Elsie Arntzen 129,851 100.00
Total votes 129,851 100.00

General election

2016 Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Elsie Arntzen 253,790 51.65 Increase1.89
Democratic Melissa Romano 237,590 48.35 Decrease1.89
Total votes 491,380 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

Public Service Commission

Three seats of the Montana Public Service Commission were up for election.

District 2

Incumbent Republican commissioner Kirk Bushman ran for re-election to a second term. He lost renomination to Tony O'Donnell, who won the general election unopposed.

Republican primary

Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tony O'Donnell 15,132 51.12
Republican Kirk Bushman (incumbent) 14,470 48.88
Total votes 29,602 100.00

General election

2016 Montana Public Service Commission District 2 election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tony O'Donnell 76,142 100.00 Increase47.33
Total votes 76,142 100.00
Republican hold

District 3

Incumbent Republican commissioner Roger Koopman ran for re-election to a second term. State representative Pat Noonan became the Democratic nominee, while Caron Cooper ran as an independent candidate. Koopman won re-election.

Republican primary

Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Koopman 27,427 100.00
Total votes 27,427 100.00

Democratic primary

Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Noonan 25,830 100.00
Total votes 25,830 100.00

General election

2016 Montana Public Service Commission District 3 election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roger Koopman (incumbent) 54,981 49.22 Decrease1.66
Democratic Pat Noonan 41,458 37.11 Decrease12.01
Independent Caron Cooper 15,269 13.67 Steady
Total votes 96,439 100.00
Republican hold

District 4

Incumbent Republican commissioner Bob Lake ran for re-election to a second term. Democratic former commissioner Gail Gutsche won a three-way primary to run in a rematch against Lake.

Republican primary

Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Lake 23,512 100.00
Total votes 23,512 100.00

Democratic primary

Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gail Gutsche 14,804 58.20
Democratic Mark Sweeney 7,926 31.16
Democratic Lee Tavenner 2,707 10.64
Total votes 25,437 100.00

General election

2016 Montana Public Service Commission District 4 election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Lake 54,705 54.41 Increase3.01
Democratic Gail Gutsche 45,842 45.59 Decrease3.01
Total votes 100,547 100.00
Republican hold

Legislature

Main article: 2016 Montana House of Representatives election

Half of the seats in the Montana Senate and all of the Montana House of Representatives were up for election. The Republican Party expanded their control of the senate while there were no changes in the house regarding seats.

References

  1. ^ a b "Federal Elections 2016" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Washington, D.C. December 2017.
  2. ^ "2016 General Election" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "2016 Statewide Primary Election Canvass" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "2016 Statewide General Election Canvass" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State.