No Winner Declared in Montana Governor’s Race
According to reports Wednesday morning, incumbent Gov. Steve Bullock held his most commanding lead over Republican challenger and Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte — up by 11,501 votes on an election night that has stretched well into the morning.
Bullock led with 226,398 to Gianforte’s 214,897, with 456,573 votes counted from 78 precincts reporting statewide. Libertarian Ted Dunlap had 15,278, for 3 percent of the vote.The race has not yet been called by The Associated Press.
Two key counties remained unreported until after 4 a.m., Park County, which includes Livingston, and Glacier County, which includes Browning and much of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Bullock lost Park County by just one vote in the close election of 2012 that got Bullock elected governor against Republican Rick Hill. He won Glacier County with more than 70 percent of the vote that year.