Montana's 2020 election
Montana's 2020 election
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Superintendent of Public Instruction

Heads the Montana Office of Public Instruction and oversees the state’s K-12 school system, much of which is governed directly by locally elected school boards. Also holds a seat on the state land board. Elected to a four-year term. Incumbent Elsie Arntzen is seeking re-election.





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Campaign finance

As reported in quarterly filings. Data current through 08/15/2020.
Total raised in race
Total spent
CandidateTotal raisedItemized individual contributionsCommittee contributionsSelf-financingUnitemized contributions
Melissa Romano (D)$359,750$232,739$6,220$350$120,441
Elsie Arntzen (R-INCUMBENT)$121,270$61,208$3,820$35,000$21,242
Kevin Leatherbarrow (L)$0$0$0$0$0
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 OPI primary
CandidateVotes counted% of voteVotes behind
ELSIE ARNTZEN178,151100.0%0
Dem. OPI primary
CandidateVotes counted% of voteVotes behind
MELISSA ROMANO132,786100.0%0

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