In what some folks are calling a heavyweight matchup, the 2012 U.S. Senate race in Montana will feature two statewide office holders running against each other: Congressman Denny Rehberg versus U.S. Senator Jon Tester for the junior U.S. Senate seat.
As most people who follow Montana politics know there are certain areas in the state that are pretty much a given to go to one political party or the other meaning the area swings either to the Democrats or the Republicans during the elections.
For example, the Butte area is considered Democratic territory just as the Kalispell area is considered Republican territory.
This does not mean that less populated areas are not important. This race looks like it will be close, so even a few dozen votes here and there could spell victory. To keep this column somewhat short, I take a look at the seven major areas (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, and Kalispell) in the state and go in depth about a couple.
I also pick the one area that could decide the 2012 Senate race in Montana. So you really need to read on… Continue reading