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U.S. President -- Montana
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 George W. Bush * (R) 265,473  59  
 John F. Kerry (D) 173,363  39  
 Other 10,630  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP
EDITOR'S NOTE: Montana has 3 out of 538 total electoral votes.
County by County Presidential Results

Montana Governor
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Brian Schweitzer (D) 224,506  50  
 Bob Brown (R) 204,863  46  
 Other 15,769  4  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Montana At Large District
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Denny Rehberg * (R) 285,170  64  
 Tracy Velazquez (D) 145,299  33  
 Other 12,530  3  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

Proposed Montana Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Yes 294,056  67  
 No 147,927  33  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP
EDITOR'S NOTE: Voters were asked if they were for or against the following initiative: "Montana statutes define civil marriage as between a man and a woman, and prohibit marriage between persons of the same sex. The Montana Constitution currently contains no provisions defining marriage. This initiative, effective immediately, would amend the Montana Constitution to provide that only a marriage between a man and a woman may be valid if performed in Montana, or recognized in Montana if performed in another state."

Montana Politics

Montana will elect a new governor in 2004 after one-term GOP Gov. Judy Martz bowed out after one bruising term.

Republican moderate Secretary of State Bob Brown will face Democrat Brian Schweitzer, a Whitefish farmer-rancher, in November.

Brown won a tight primary race against Pat Davison, an anti-tax conservative. The race was close with Brown refusing to rule out tax increases and newcomer Davison building strong support among conservatives with his anti-tax platform.

Schweitzer, who has never held public office, made his political mark in 2000 when he mounted a strong challenge to Republican incumbent Conrad Burns in the U.S. Senate. He was the first candidate for governor to begin campaigning in early 2003, with an eye toward becoming the state's first Democratic governor since 1988.Brown has spent 26 years as a legislator.

The outgoing governor's term had been marked by missteps and dismal popularity among voter. Martz said she wanted to spend more time with her family and insisted that her sagging popularity was not a factor in her decision. Some polls have shown her approval rating at about 20 percent.

Lt. Gov. Karl Ohs was expected to be a gubernatorial candidate in the GOP Primary but he opted not to run, citing personal and business reasons.

In the 2002 elections, four-term Democratic incumbent Senator Max Baucus easily defeated Republican challenger Mike Taylor. On his loss to the better-financed Baucus, Taylor said: "Money counts. If you don't have enough money to go against an incumbent, you shouldn't be in the race."

In the House, Republican Denny Rehberg won a second term as the state's lone congressman.

Voters did not want government in the electricity business: A measure that would have let the state buy and operate a dozen privately owned power dams took a beating.

--The Associated Press

       


Previous Presidential Votes
2000 Primary Winners
Democrats: Gore with 77.9%
Republicans: Bush with 77.6%
2000 General Election
Gore (D): 33.4%
Bush (R): 58.4%
1996 General Election
Clinton (D): 41.2%
Dole (R): 44.1%

Election Dates
Presidential/state primary
June 8, 2004

Delegates/Electoral Votes
Democratic Delegates:
   Pledged: 15
   Unpledged: 6
   Total: 21
Republican Delegates: 28
Electoral Votes: 3






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