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Ravalli GOP pressing Montana Primary election law

(HAMILTON)- Ravalli County Republicans are suing Montana's Secretary of State, saying the system of allowing "open" Primary elections violates the U.S. Constitution.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Helena this morning by the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee, naming both Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and Ravalli County Election Administrator Regina Plettenberg.

The suit challenges Montana's Primary system, which allows voters to "cross-over" and vote for either Democrats or Republicans, arguing that the system is a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. 


Daines, Walsh show strength for November runoff 

(HELENA)- There were no surprices in Tuesday's Primary election voting for the chance to permanently replace legendary Montana Senator Max Baucus, with a race that will pit two of three members of the state's Congressional delegation on the campaign trail. 

Neither Representative Steve Daines, nor Senator John Walsh even broke a sweat Tuesday night as both easily captured their parties' nominations. 

Daines, opting to challenge for the Senate seat instead of seeking a second term in the House, dispatched Missoula's Champ Edmunds and Susan Cundiff with an especially robust 83% of the vote. And Walsh did nearly the same thing on the Democratic ticket, sweeping to victory with nearly 64% of the ballots over Dirk Adams and John Bohlinger. 

Bohlinger had hoped to tap into some of the opposition to Walsh's appointment to the seat after Baucus retired this spring, but got just 22% of the vote. 


Zinke holds on to advance in Montana Congressional race

Zinke campaigns for last minute votes Tuesday - Zinke campaign photo(HELENA)- The former Navy Seal may have seen tough battle conditions before, but it was a fight to the wire for Ryan Zinke to advance to the November General election. 

Caught in a showdown that debated how conservative each of the Republican hopefuls really were, Zinke emerged victorious early Wednesday morning after a final tally of ballots from Tuesday's Primary election. 

The Secretary of State's office reports that with just over 78% of the precincts reporting, Zinke had captured just over 33% of the vote, giving him enough of a lead to top Matt Rosendale's 29.6% and Corey Stapleton, who polled 28%. 

That sends Zinke on to face Democrat John Lewis, who cruised to an easy win over John Driscoll with just under 60% of the vote. The pair are facing off to see who can replace incumbent Rep. Steve Daines, who is trying a move up to the Senate. 


Whitefish Republican enters Montana Congressional "race"

(BILLINGS)- Former NAVY SEAL and state lawmaker Ryan Zinke has thrown another curve in the potential race for Montana's House seat, announcing his plans to run as a Republican during a Billings press conference. 

Zinke announced his candidacy during a brief rally in Billings Monday, saying he hopes to fix what he calls a "crisis of trust" in the U.S. government. He plans to repeat the message during upcoming appearances across the state. 

Zinke, who lives in Whitefish, is the latest GOP candidate to emerge in the race expected if Representative Steve Daines decides to run for Max Baucus' open Senate seat. Corey Stapleton of Billings and Matt Rosendale of Glendive have also formally launched campaigns. 

On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. John Walsh entered the race earlier this month. 



Kalispell mayor will run for State Senate seat

(KALISPELL)- Kallispell Mayor Tammi Fisher had already announced she wouldn't be running for re-election to a second term this fall. But that doesn't mean her name won't be on the ballot. 

Fisher announced Wednesday that she intends to run for Senate District 4 this fall, the seat presently held by fellow Republican Jon Sonju. Fisher told The Flathead Beacon she's running because Sonju won't be seeking re-election, although he yet confirmed that news. 

Re-districting is changing the boundaries on that position, which will now encompass all of downtown Kalispell. 

Fisher told the Beacon the position will allow her to continue to serve the public from her "base" representing the residents of Kalispell.