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Montana's 2020 election
Montana's 2020 election
The Montana Free Press guide

Governor

Montana’s chief executive, tasked with overseeing state agencies and proposing state budgets to the Montana Legislature, elected to a four-year term. Also one of five seats on the Montana Board of Land Commissioners, which has authority over state trust lands. Incumbent Gov. Steve Bullock is facing term limits and running for the U.S. Senate.

Candidates

Republican

Democrat

Libertarian

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Campaign finance

As reported in quarterly filings. Data current through 08/15/2020.
$7,444,266
Total raised in race
$6,320,388
Total spent
CandidateTotal raisedItemized individual contributionsCommittee contributionsSelf-financingUnitemized contributions
Greg Gianforte (R)$5,591,163$2,703,383$95,829$2,550,000$241,952
Mike Cooney (D)$1,835,671$1,614,179$24,650$0$196,842
Lyman Bishop (L)$17,432$2,125$0$10,100$5,207
Note: Self-financing includes candidate contributions and campaign loans. Prior to Jan. 17, 2019, these figures underreported fundraising for state candidates by omitting unitemized contributions. Unitemized contribution totals, which include small-dollar donations, are calculated here by subtracting itemized cash contributions from reported fundraising totals.
Source: Campaign finance reports filed with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. See the COPP-administered Campaign Electronic Reporting System for official records.

Primary results

Vote totals from Montana's June 2, 2020 primary election.
GOP Governor primary
CandidateVotes counted% of voteVotes behind
GREG GIANFORTE AND KRISTEN JURAS119,24953.4%0
TIM FOX AND JON KNOKEY60,82127.3%58,428
AL "DOC" OLSZEWSKI AND KEN BOGNER43,06419.3%76,185
Dem. Governor primary
CandidateVotes counted% of voteVotes behind
MIKE COONEY AND CASEY SCHREINER81,52454.9%0
WHITNEY WILLIAMS AND BUZZ MATTELIN67,06545.1%14,459

Stay tuned for more

We'll be updating this page with new information through Election Day in November 2020.

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