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

Secretary of State

Oversees Montana elections and manages state records, as well as serving on the state land board. Elected to a four-year term. Incumbent Corey Stapleton made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. House.




Key coverage in the race for Secretary of State

Race profile: Sparring for secretary of state

Election security and pointed attacks color the race between Christi Jacobsen and Bryce Bennett to succeed Corey Stapleton.

Montana Lowdown: Bryce Bennett

State Sen. Bryce Bennett interviewed by MTFP Editor-In-Chief John Adams before the June 2020 primary

MTN News debate: Secretary of State

Video of Bennett and Jacobsen at their MTN News debate broadcast Sept. 13
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Campaign finance

As reported in quarterly filings. Data current through 10/28/2020.
Total raised in race
Total spent
CandidateTotal raisedItemized individual contributionsCommittee contributionsSelf-financingUnitemized contributions
Bryce Bennett (D)$458,718$410,590$13,120$100$34,907
Christi Jacobsen (R)$297,970$154,396$6,630$129,445$7,498
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 Secretary of State primary
CandidateVotes counted% of voteVotes behind
SCOTT SALES49,76025.3%8,175
BRAD JOHNSON45,52623.1%12,409
FORREST J. MANDEVILLE20,31710.3%37,618
BOWEN GREENWOOD14,0807.1%43,855
KURT JOHNSON9,3464.7%48,589
Dem. Secretary of State primary
CandidateVotes counted% of voteVotes behind
BRYCE BENNETT130,107100.0%0

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