HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Republicans' 2020 election lineup shuffled again Monday after U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte decided to run for governor instead of re-election, with State Auditor Matt...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton said Saturday he's leaving the crowded gubernatorial race to become the first Republican to run for the state's newly open U.S....
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte launched his campaign for Montana governor on Friday, immediately shaking up the contest for the Republican nomination by prompting an attack from one...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte says he's considering another run for Montana governor in 2020.
The second-term congressman lost to the incumbent, Democratic Gov....
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Former state Rep. Kathleen Williams launched a new campaign for Montana's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, just five months after her loss to...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is accusing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee of "extinguishing" the livelihoods of residents in a Montana town by seeking to ban coal-fired...
Greg Gianforte wins first full House term in Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte defeated Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams in a Montana U.S. House race that wasn't decided until Wednesday morning, a win that gives the Republican incumbent his first full term after overcoming renewed attention on his attack against a reporter last year.
Montana’s US House race close with votes still being counted
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte led Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams in Montana's U.S. House race as votes were still being counted Tuesday night, with Gianforte looking to overcome the renewed attention on his attack against a reporter and keep the seat in Republican hands.
Gianforte’s fortunes tied to Trump in Montana House race
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is pinning his third campaign in two years on Montana residents being better off economically since President Donald Trump took office and that the voters will give him some of the credit.
Gianforte has tied his political fortunes to Trump as he seeks his first full term in Montana's only House seat. He won a special election last year to serve the remainder of Ryan Zinke's term after Zinke resigned to become Interior Department secretary.
Montana governor leads campaign rally for Tester, Williams
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is leading a Halloween rally for fellow Democrats U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and House candidate Kathleen Williams in the final days before the midterm elections.
Bullock told a crowd gathered in Helena on Wednesday that he wants people representing Montana in Washington, D.C., who can work with the administration but won't just be "lapdogs" for President Donald Trump.
Reporter warns Rep. Gianforte not to lie about 2017 attack
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has intentionally misled voters and the media about his attack on a reporter last year as the Montana Republican campaigns for re-election, the reporter's attorney said in a letter Thursday.
Editorials from around Pennsylvania
ONE MORE TIME: JOURNALISTS ARE NOT THE ENEMY. ENCOURAGING VIOLENCE AGAINST THEM ISN'T OK, Oct. 21
At a campaign rally Thursday for Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte, President Donald Trump praised the Republican lawmaker for body-slamming a newspaper reporter in May 2017. ...
Please understand that they aren't promoting any party or candidate. They aren't pushing a particular political point of view. They just want to know what you, the voters, are thinking.
Williams outraises Gianforte by $1M in Montana House race
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — New campaign finance reports show Democrat Kathleen Williams raised $1 million more than Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte over the last fundraising period.
Federal Election Committee reports released this week show the Democratic challenger raised $2.1 million over the three-month period ending Sept. 30.
The Republican incumbent raised $1.1 million during the same time.
Democrat says Gianforte ‘fearmongering’ on guns, immigration
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. House candidate Kathleen Williams said Rep. Greg Gianforte was distorting her record on guns and immigration to scare Montana voters into re-electing the first-term Republican.
Gianforte countered during a contentious Saturday night debate that if elected, Williams would fall into line with Democrats to oppose President Donald Trump and threaten gun rights.
Candidates meet in debate in US House race in Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte on Saturday touted his access to President Donald Trump, defended his accessibility to his Montana constituents and once again found himself answering questions about his assault on a reporter last year during a debate Saturday.
The first of two debates between the Montana Republican, Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams and Libertarian Elinor Swanson covered guns, health care, public land and federal spending, among other topics.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrat Kathleen Williams got a late start and was outspent by her opponents but pulled off an upset in Montana's crowded U.S. House primary to cap a big day in several states for women seeking elected office.
Williams topped Billings attorney John Heenan in a tight race called after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in November as Republicans look to take back Tester's seat and complete a sweep of Montana's congressional delegation.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — For more than two decades, Montana's lone U.S. House seat has been a sacrificial altar where Democratic candidates' dreams are squashed. Not only have all 12 Democratic candidates since 1996 lost to Republicans, but only two of them have since gone on to win any election at all.
But the five candidates competing for the Democratic nomination in the June 5 primary election say this year is different.
2 Democrats lead fundraising in crowded Montana House field
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two Democrats seeking the nomination for Montana's sole U.S. House seat have far outraised the rest of a crowded field vying to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte.
Campaign reports show Billings attorney John Heenan has raised $580,000 to date, including $200,000 of his own money. Former nonprofit director Grant Kier of Missoula has raised $440,000.
In wake of recent events in the Montana congressional election, and the 2016 presidential election, it doesn't matter what you do, for as long you're rich, a "devout Christian," and create jobs, you're going to win elections, no matter what. There are only 16 Democratic governors in the country, and Republicans have taken over most state-level politics, especially in the South.
Montana’s Gianforte Ready To Move On
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana's incoming congressman called for civility in politics on Friday, four days after his conviction for assaulting a reporter who asked him a question about health care.
Greg Gianforte spoke to The Associated Press at his Bozeman home in his first national interview since winning the May 25 special congressional election.
Greg Gianforte's physical attack on a reporter on the eve of his election as Montana's sole U.S. House member thrust both him and the state into the bright glare of the national spotlight, and it could have lasting repercussions.
Longtime election analyst Nathan Gonzales, the editor and publisher of the nonpartisan campaign news site Inside Elections, said he believes that Gianforte will “of course” get more attention from the press when he arrives in Washington.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana's new congressman hasn't even been sworn into his first public office, but people are already talking about his prospects in 2018 and even 2020.
First things first though for Greg Gianforte, who has to deal with a misdemeanor assault charge he received the day before the election after witnesses said he slammed a reporter to the ground.
Gianforte could have appeared in court in Bozeman on Friday to resolve the charge but did not and has a June 7 legal deadline do so.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats found cause for optimism Friday even as the GOP candidate, facing last-minute assault charges, held onto Montana's sole House seat.
The final unofficial tally in Thursday's election showed wealthy Republican businessman Greg Gianforte with 50.2 percent of the vote, compared to Democratic musician Rob Quist with 44.1 percent.
"Great win in Montana," President Donald Trump said Friday as he attended the G-7 summit in Italy.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the misdemeanor assault case against Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a special election Thursday. (all times local):
Democrat Rob Quist conceded the contest for Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House late Thursday to Republican Greg Gianforte.
The country singer and political newcomer told supporters he called Gianforte and stressed the need to listen to all Montanans.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the assault case against Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a Thursday special election. (all times local):
The Montana congressional candidate accused of assaulting a reporter hasn't been seen or heard from Thursday as voters go to the polls.
Repeated phone calls to Greg Gianforte's cellphone went unreturned Thursday. Twice it appeared someone picked up then immediately hung up.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday night after witnesses told police Greg Gianforte grabbed a reporter by the neck and slammed him to the ground the night before polls close in the nationally-watched election.
[Editor's note: This three-part series examines the policy differences between the three candidates on the May 25 special-election ballot to fill the vacancy in Montana's U.S. House seat. Today's final story looks at foreign policy.]
Greg Gianforte is significant backer of Montana group that promotes conservative values
HELENA — In an eight-and-a-half minute YouTube video titled "Why does the Montana Family Foundation Exist?" a collection of people lay out the things that keep them up at night:
The sanctity of marriage under threat. Children at risk of growing up in homes without both biological parents. A lack of school choice and alternatives to public education.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — When Donald Trump visited Montana last year ahead of the state's Republican presidential primary, technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte was running on the GOP ticket for governor and made it a point to avoid his party's likely presidential nominee. Gianforte later reluctantly pledged support for Trump, but tried to distance himself from him during an unsuccessful campaign to unseat the state's Democratic governor.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In the weeks leading up to Montana's special congressional election, Rob Quist and his surrogates fanned out across college campuses throughout the state, hoping to tap into a trove of progressive votes in a place that's known to elect Democrats while maintaining conservative values as sturdy as the nearby Rocky Mountains.
Vice President Mike Pence takes a little time off in Montana to fish, attend church
Besides his official duties during a trip to Montana last week, United States Vice President Mike Pence took time to enjoy the outdoors, and he attended church in a scenic setting.
That’s according to locals who confirmed his whereabouts for parts of Saturday and Sunday.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte loaned himself $1 million to finance his bid for Montana's only seat in the U.S. House, as his Democratic opponent raked in huge sums of cash from small, individual donors ahead of a nationally watched May 25 special election to fill the seat vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
The Republican candidate for Montana's open U.S. House seat loaned his campaign $1 million, according to recent filings, while the Democrat brought in $2.3 million in individual contributions.
Republican Greg Gianforte, a wealthy Bozeman businessman, had not yet loaned his campaign any money before this filing period, which ran from April 1 to May 5. In his failed bid for governor last fall, Gianforte spent more than $5 million of his own money. The race was the most expensive in state history.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence rallied fellow Republicans in Montana Friday night in support of God, guns and Greg Gianforte, the GOP candidate vying for the state's only seat in the U.S. House.
During a rally to draw voters to the polls for a May 25 special election, Pence avoided any deep policy pronouncements or any mention of the tumult buffeting the administration of President Donald Trump.
2nd Amendment, hunting and fishing highlight Trump Jr.’s visit to Montana
EAST HELENA — The Republican candidate for Montana’s empty U.S. House seat worked to align himself with President Donald Trump on Thursday while standing next to Trump’s son, who played up protecting the Second Amendment to a crowd of about 300 during his second trip to the state in less than a month.
Investments in Russia become focus in congressional race
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The leading candidates for Montana's only congressional seat tangled Saturday over money, including taxes, campaign financing and $240,000 in investments by the Republican candidate that financial disclosures link to index funds with substantial holdings in Russian firms that are under sanctions by the U.S. government.
Democratic House candidate Rob Quist is accusing opponent Greg Gianforte of having secret “Russian ties,” based on Russian stocks in the Republican House candidate’s stock portfolio.
Television actress stumps for Democrat in Missoula; Republicans respond with Snapchat ad
MISSOULA — A minor celebrity from the television sitcom "Who's The Boss?" and a Snapchat ad were used as opposing weapons Thursday in the battle for Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democratic candidate Rob Quist held a student rally on the University of Montana campus Thursday afternoon, just hours after actress Alyssa Milano held a get-out-the-vote event to support him at the same spot.
BUTTE — As the one who set the shortest timetable possible for Montana’s special election to replace Ryan Zinke in Congress, Gov. Steve Bullock might have summed up best where this 85-day race stands a month before votes are counted.
“I think Montanans are just now starting to pay attention to this,” he said.
It was going to be a crunch campaign regardless, but Bullock chose the soonest date possible under the law — May 25 — for the election. He could have added 15 more days to the contest.
Senate rejects mail-ballot measure for special election
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate has rejected an attempt by Gov. Steve Bullock to revive a bill that would have allowed counties to conduct the May 25 special congressional election by mail.
The Republican-led Senate rejected the Democratic governor's proposed amendment to a separate election bill 27-21 on Monday.
Republican Sen. Doug Kary urged the Senate to return the bill to the governor without the mail-ballot amendment, saying it was too close to the election to happen.
An estimated 500 people gathered at a private hangar at Glacier Park International Airport on Friday to hear President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., rally support for Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte.
Trump Jr., who also made stops in Billings and Hamilton to campaign with Gianforte on Friday, touted the Bozeman businessman as a candidate who would support his father in Washington, D.C.
Trump Jr.’s prairie dog hunt in Montana prompts backlash
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. will be targeting more than just Montana's Republican voters on Friday and Saturday when he helps Greg Gianforte campaign for an open U.S. House seat.
A prairie dog hunt is also on the agenda for the four-city tour for President Donald Trump's son and Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur up against Democrat Rob Quist in the May 25 election for the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Donald Trump Jr. begins a two-day barnstorming tour of Montana for U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte on Friday. His itinerary reveals which voters Republicans are targeting in the final month of the special election.
Gianforte outraises Quist in race for US House seat
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte raised more than $1.6 million in his bid for Montana's only congressional seat, according to campaign statements filed Friday.
That gave the Bozeman entrepreneur a big lead in fundraising over his Democratic opponent, Rob Quist, who earlier this week reported more than $900,000 in donations.
Gianforte and Quist are vying to fill the congressional seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke became Interior secretary.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In his unsuccessful bid to be elected as Montana's governor last year, Republican Greg Gianforte convened town halls, held press conferences and publicized his travels. Months later, he has shifted his strategy as he campaigns for the state's only congressional seat left vacant after Ryan Zinke became the U.S. Interior Secretary in March.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate has advanced a bill seeking to prohibit the governor from using the state's aircraft for campaign purposes in the two months before an election.
The Senate endorsed the measure on Tuesday, 30-17, while the House approved it in February. Both votes were mostly along party lines.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Bozeman Republican Greg Gianforte says he has raised about $1.5 million toward his campaign for Montana's only U.S. House seat.
The amount was double that raised by Democrat Rob Quist, a political newcomer from Creston, who announced Wednesday that he's received 18,000 campaign contributions totaling $750,000.