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Republicans will control the Montana State Senate by a 28-22 margin. The most expensive and most watched race was Senate District 25 in Billings between incumbent Republican Roy Brown and Democrat Representative Kendall Van Dyk. Van Dyk leads by only 16 votes with a recount likely. Democrats were unsuccessful in efforts to take away any Republican-held seats and there were a number of unexpected wins by Republicans.

executive vice president BARRY “SPOOK”STANG

administrative assistant KATIE BOWLDS

safety transportation consultant AL CALKIN

The Montana House of Representatives, which was tied 50-50 last session will have a 68-32 Republican majority. Incumbent Bob Ebinger, (D-Livingston) lost by 15 votes and will probably go to a recount. Several incumbent Democrat legislators who had very bad voting records on natural resource issues were defeated. The 18-seat swing in the House is the largest gain in 46 years by a party in any House of the Montana Legislature.

IN SOME OTHER RACES… Congress: Republican incumbent Denny Rehberg easily won his sixth term in the House.

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Montana Supreme Court: Beth Baker received 52 percent of the vote in defeating Judge Nels Swandel.

Public Service Commission: Newcomer Bill Gallagher (R-Helena) defeated incumbent and former Democratic Senator from Helena, Ken Toole. Travis Kavulla of Great Falls easily defeated former Senator Don Ryan (D-Great Falls). These two wins give the Republicans a 3-2 majority on the Public Service Commission.

It was quite surprising to see traditional Democratic seats in strongholds like Helena, Butte and Great Falls go Republican. I have been around for more than 20 years and only once in that time have I seen a Republican elected in Butte.

Political Roundup

Well, it is all over except the shouting and there seemed to be an abundance of that this election cycle. Montana, like the rest of the country decided that a change was necessary. The GOP will control both Houses of the Legislature for the first time since 2003. Given there have been super thin margins for both parties in both the Senate and House in recent election cycles, the huge swing in the legislative make-up was surprising, even to seasoned observers.

From the Executive VP

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