Pam Bucy and Jesse Laslovich, both vying for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, faced a long night Tuesday, with the vote tally still too close to call after midnight.
Bucy led Laslovich by 290 votes at press time, with only 328 of the state’s 794 precincts fully counted by the office of the Montana Secretary of State.
Deer Lodge County, where Anaconda-bred Laslovich was taking about 90 percent of the votes cast, was among those with most of its votes not yet tallied. Also, neighboring Silver bow County, where Laslovich was polling about 70 percent of the votes, had no precincts fully reported.
But votes also remained uncounted in other populous counties where Bucy had been pulling in majorities, including Gallatin County, where none of the precincts were fully reported.
The winner will face Helena attorney Tim Fox, who was leading Jim Shockley, a state senator from Victor, with more than 57 percent of the vote.
“I’m truly humbled tonight to have the support of so many Montana voters,” Fox said in a statement.
It’s Fox’s second nomination for attorney general. He lost in 2008, to Steve Bullock current Democratic nominee for governor by, pulling in 47.4 percent of the vote.