Final election results: Republicans rule the roost
Nov. 10—Republicans maintained firm control in the Montana midterm elections. Meanwhile, voters in Flathead County supported a 3% tax on recreational marijuana, but narrowly rejected the same tax on medical marijuana as 100% of the precincts had reported final votes Thursday.
Republican Pam Holmquist easily maintained her seat as county commissioner for a third term against write-in Jack Fallon.
Holmquist beat Fallon by just 40 votes in the primary, but won easily in the general election, as Fallon's name wasn't on the ballot.
In House District 3, incumbent Braxton Mitchell defeated Democratic challenger Andrea Getts. Mitchell got 58% of the votes despite a spirited campaign by Getts.
Both are Columbia Falls High School graduates and both are in their 20s, which made for an interesting race.
"I am honored to once again have a clear mandate from voters going into this next session. I am already working on priority legislation and look forward to fulfilling my campaign promises and working on the priorities of my constituents," Mitchell said in a statement Thursday.
In the U.S. House District 1 race, Whitefish Republican Ryan Zinke beat Democrat Monica Tranel in a close race.
In that race, one might wonder about the impact of Libertarian John Lamb in the race. Lamb got just 9,305 votes, but if Lamb hadn't run, where would the votes have gone?
An interesting discussion as always in three-way races that Montana often sees in statewide elections.
With 100% of precincts reporting, the following are the results:
U.S. House 1st district
Ryan Zinke (R) 120,285
Monica Tranel (D) 112,271
John Lamb (L) 9,305
U.S. House 2nd district
Matt Rosendale (R) 120,899
Penny Ronning (D) 42,905
Sam Rankin (L) 2,975
Gary Buchanan (I) 46,917
Supreme Court Justice 1
Bill D'Alton 87,081
Jim Rice 302,580
Supreme Court Justice 2
James Brown 197,892
Ingrid Gustafson 235,225
Ann Bukacek (R) 52,836
John Repke (D) 40,802
Constitutional Amendment 48
Legislative Referendum 131
Braxton Mitchell (R) 2,674
Andrea Getts (D) 1,912
Matt Regier (R) 4,144
Kimberly Pinter (D) 1,321
Lyn Bennett (R) 2,238
Dave Fern (D) 3,549
Flathead County Commissioner
Pamela Holmquist (R) 28,266
Jack Fallon (Write-in) 11,825 (presumably most were for Fallon)
Flathead Clerk and Recorder
Debbie Pierson (R) 36,323
Flathead County Sheriff
Brian Heino (R) 38,083
Flathead County Attorney
Travis Ahner (R) 35,141
Flathead County Superintendent of Schools
Cal Ketchum (R) 35,397
Flathead County Treasurer
Adele Krantz (R) 36,886
Flathead Justice of Peace Eric Hummel another term?
Flathead Justice of Peace Paul Sullivan another term?
Judge Dan Wilson of District 11
District Court Judge District 11, Dept 5
Danni Coffman 31,850
Flathead County local option non-medical marijuana tax
Flathead County local option medical marijuana tax