2012 Primary Election Results of Note
For complete results go to http://sos.mt.gov.
June 5th primary election victories for Montana's clear water, wild lands and clean energy future are headlined by the close victory of MCV-endorsed attorney general candidate Pam Bucy over former state Sen. Jesse Laslovich in the Democratic primary 41,677 to 40,755. Pam runs against Republican Tim Fox in November, who MCV helped defeat in 2008. Fox received a big boost in May from a PAC funded by Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Walgreens, Big Tobacco and the national Chamber of Commerce - corporate money in politics, here we come.
Get ready for the Governor's race! Attorney General Steve Bullock, Democratic candidate, defeated Heather Margolis, a nominal opponent, and came out of the shoot yesterday with a call for debates with the Republican gubernatorial victor Rick Hill, whose 2 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives earned him a score of 10% in his last term. Don't miss MCV's June 20th fundraiser for Bullock in Billings. We need him in the Governor's office!
MCV endorsed 8 candidates in Tuesday's primary, and 7 won their elections.
- Public Service Commissioner John Vincent, running for re-election in PSC district 3, defeated challenger Mark Sweeney by just 327 votes. MCV made Get-Out-the-Vote calls and contributed financially to his campaign. Vincent faces former Bozeman Republican state legislator Roger Koopman, a lifetime 0% MCV voter, in this central Montana district.
- Three Democratic primaries in Missoula House Districts resulted in MCV-endorsed candidates cruising to victory -- HD 93, Doug Coffin over Coy Harwood; HD 94, Rep. Ellie Hill over Lou Ann Crowley and Pete Burridge; and HD 99, Kim Dudik over Jonathon Dunbar. Dudik faces famed anti-conservationist Gary Marbot, frequent candidate and leader of Montana Shooting Sports Association, in the general election.
- MCV also co-endorsed in Democratic primaries in Missoula's SD 46, where Rep. Sue Malek defeated Tyler Gernant; and in Billings' HD 51, where Kelly McCarthy defeated Lita Pepion.
- MCV-endorsed Supreme Court Justice candidate Beth Best was an important loss in this 40th anniversary year of Montana's landmark constitution. Top vote winners were Judge Laurie McKinnon and Missoula Attorney Ed Sheehy. They face off in the general election. This Supreme Court seat is being vacated by Justice Jim Nelson.
- Justice Brian Morris overwhelmingly out-polled his challenger Hertha Lund, whose name appeared on the ballot despite her public withdrawal. Lund has failed to file required election paperwork and her name is not expected to appear on the November ballot, leaving Morris unopposed.
When conservationists vote, the environment wins! In addition to significant fundraising and volunteer help to some of these candidates, Montana Conservation Voters recruited 22 members who made calls to over 4,000 members and associate members to turn in their mailed ballots or head to the polls on Tuesday. Thanks to Missoula MCV chapter members for carrying the heavy load, and to organizers Morgan Marx, Shelbi Dantic and MCV Program Director Sarah Cobler for organizing the effort.
Please contribute to the MCV Action Fund to make sure that these and other pro-conservation candidates are elected in November - for Montana's clean air, clear water and wild lands!
- U.S. House race: Billings' Sen. Kim Gillan is the top vote-winner, facing Steve Daines (R-Bozeman) in the general.
- PSC 2, eastern Montana: Former Billings Mayor Chuck Tooley defeated Sen. Lynda Moss in the Democratic primary and faces Republican Kirk Bushman in the general.
- HD 4: MCV member Ed Lieser defeated Tom Muri in the Democratic primary in this Whitefish legislative seat now held by Rep. Derek Skees who is now running for State Auditor. Ed runs against Republican Tim Baldwin.
- HD 15 finds former Rep. Frosty Calf Boss Ribs (D-Heart Butte) the victor over Jason Smith in the Democratic primary. She'll face Rep. Joe Read (R-Polson) in November
- HD 16: Lea Whitford (D-Browning) heads to the general against Rep. Lila Evans (R-Browning).
- SD 6: Sen. Carmine Mowbray (R-Polson) and Michael Larson were defeated by Rep. Jana Taylor (R-Polson).
- SD 16: Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy (D-Box Elder) defeated Rep. Frank Smith (D-Poplar). Windy Boy has no general election opponent and was just re-elected.
- HD 32: Rep. Tony Belcourt (D-Box Elder) was defeated by Clarena Brockie (D-Harlem) and the race is in recount; she won by 3 votes and has no general election opponent either.
- HD 50: Billings' Debbie Willis defeated Curtis Harper and will meet Republican Dennis Lenz in the general.
- HD 56: Billings former city council member Don Jones defeated George Day in the Republican primary, and is now elected as there is no Democratic opponent.
- HD 57: Sarah Lazloffy defeated Deborah Bonogofsky in this Republican primary, marked by massive attack mailers against Bonogofsky. Lazloffy is the likely general election victory.
- HD 62: Republican Rep. Dan Skattum defeated challenger Juanita Lux and faces MCV-endorsed Reilly Neil in this Livingston race.
- HD 74: Ryan Lynch defeated Ed Zimpel in this Democratic primary, and faces Republican Rep. Max Yates in this Butte district.
- HD 76: Amanda Curtis (D-Butte) bested her opponent Douglas Shiddler and has no general election opponent.
- HD 77: Rep. Alan Hale (R-Basin) was defeated in the primary by Kirk Wagoner (R-Montana City), who faces Adam Lithgow (D-Clancy) in the general.
- HD 82, Helena: MCV member Jenny Eck defeated Don Judge and Don Jones in this Democratic primary and will face Republican Sam Hunthausen in the general.
- SD 24, Bozeman finds former Rep. Scott Sales the victor in this three-way Republican primary over Debra Brown and Kurt Bushnell.
- SD 45, former Rep. Fred Thomas (R-Stevensville) and deregulation leader defeated Rep. Gary MacLaren (R-Victor). Thomas runs against Libertarian Rob McCoy in the general.