Election Night - 2016

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox awaits final results at the Montana Republicans election night party at Jorgensen's in Helena Tuesday night. Tim Fox won re-election by defeating Democrat Larry Jent.

Montana voters streamed to the polls Tuesday, turning out to have their say in the contentious presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump and also deciding elections for a full slate of down-ballot races. Here are the latest results in some of those races:

Attorney General

Republican Attorney General Tim Fox won re-election by defeating Democrat Larry Jent, a former state legislator from Bozeman.

Fox is a popular attorney general who cracked down on sex offenders by instituting compliance checks and revamped the sex offender registry during his first term. He also has expanded an anti-drunken driving program started by then-Attorney General Steve Bullock and hired a prescription drug abuse prevention coordinator.

Secretary of State

Republican Corey Stapleton beat Democrat Monica Lindeen in the race for an open seat for Montana secretary of state that had been held by Democrats.

The two veteran Montana politicians were competing for the open post vacated by Linda McCulloch, a Democrat who served two terms.

Stapleton is a former state legislator from Billings who most recently lost in the 2014 U.S. House Republican primary against Zinke. Lindeen, the outgoing state auditor, was seeking to keep the seat in Democratic hands.

Roger Roots was the Libertarian candidate for the job, which administers elections and oversees businesses in the state.


Jesse Laslovich, the chief legal counsel for the state auditor's office, was trailing Republican state Sen. Matt Rosendale in seeking to replace Lindeen as auditor.

Both candidates have served in the Legislature. Rosendale tells the Great Falls Tribune newspaper his top priority would be to protect citizens from fraud and theft, and that he would try to reduce the cost of auto, workers' compensation and health insurance.

Laslovich says he would seek transparency in health care pricing, fight investment fraud against senior citizens, protect public land access and try to bring down the cost of high air ambulance bills.


Republicans were expected to hold on to their majority in both the state House and Senate.

Republicans now have a 29-21 majority in the Senate and a 59-41 majority in the House.

Twenty-five Senate seats and all 100 House seats were up for election Tuesday.

Nineteen Senate seats were in contested elections, 10 of which are now held by Democrats.

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