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Rosendale, Williams To Face Tester, Gianforte

Republican Matt Rosendale, the current state auditor, will face incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) who is seeking a third six-year term, in the November general election, and Democrat Kathleen Williams will face incumbent one-term U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.).
Neither the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate nor the Democratic primary for the Congressional seat held Tuesday, June 5 was won with majorities. Both Rosendale and Williams won with pluralities of about one-third of votes cast statewide. Rosendale won with 34 percent and Williams edged John Heenan 34 percent to 32 percent in a tight race that was not decided until Wednesday, June 6.
If elected in November, Williams, a former state lawmaker from Bozeman, would be the first woman elected to the U.S. House from Montana since 1941. The GOP has held Montana’s lone congressional seat for more than two decades.
Rosendale received 326 votes in Roosevelt County, followed by Russ Fagg with 223, Troy Downing with 120 and Albert Olszewski with 90.
The Montana Secretary of State’s Office reported the following statewide results: Rosendale, 51,549; Fagg, 43,225; Downing, 29,151; and Olszewski, 28,558.
Green Party results for the U.S. Senate primary were: Steve Kelly, 19, 955 statewide; and Timothy Adams, 1, 619 statewide.
Tester was not challenged in the Democratic primary. He received 594 votes in Roosevelt County and 113,815 statewide. There were four Democratic write-in votes in Roosevelt County.
Democratic congressional primary results were split six ways. The six included former State Senator Lynda Moss of Billings who withdrew from the race prior to the primary. Her name remained on the ballot. Moss finished in fourth place statewide and in Roosevelt County.
Roosevelt County results: Williams, 211; Heenan, 125; John Meyer, 78; Moss, 67; Grant Kier, 38; Jared Pettinato, 27; and write-in votes, 3.
Statewide results: Williams, 37,146; Heenan, 35,154; Kier, 26,832; Moss, 5,592; Meyer, 3,684; Pettinato, 2,440.
Gianforte was not challenged in the Republican primary. He received 717 votes in Roosevelt County. There were seven write-in votes. He received 135,597 votes statewide.
Results of Other Partisan Races
Public Service commissioner Democrat: Doug Kaercher, 514; write-in, 3. Statewide, Kaercher, 14,435.
Public Service commissioner Republican: Rob Cook, 186; Mark Wicks, 152; Cory McKinney, 129; Randy Pinocci, 126; and write-in votes, 4. Statewide: Cook, 7,260; McKinney, 3,430; Pinocci, 8,130; Wicks, 4,665.
Clerk of the Supreme Court Democrat [Roosevelt County results only]: Rex Renk, 516; write-in, 2.
Clerk of the Supreme Court Republican [Roosevelt County results only]: Bowen Greenwood, 597; write-in, 2.
State representative District 31 Democrat: Bridget Smith, 442; write-in 1.
State representative District 31 Republican: write-in, 24.
State representative District 34 Democrat: no candidate; 16 write-ins.
State representative District 34 Republican: Rhonda Knudsen, 306, write-in, 10.
Low Voter Turnout
Only 25.17 percent of registered Roosevelt County voters cast ballots. In contrast, The Billings Gazette reported a 43 percent voter turnout in Yellowstone County. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the statewide voter turnout was 41.43 percent, the highest statewide mid-term primary turnout in recent years.