Patience, young grasshopper.
We may not know who won the Presidential race for a few days, but we do know that the Montana Republicans are cleaning the clocks of the Montana Democrats in the statewide races.
In most races, the Republicans are beating the Democrats soundly. The results are not official yet, but this is what I am seeing so far.
I picked President Trump to win Montana. He did pretty easily. I picked Joe Biden to win the Presidency. It is looking better all the time.
In the U.S. Senate race, Steve Bullock lost handily to incumbent Republican Steve Daines. I thought this race would be a lot closer. I picked Daines to win.
In the U.S. House Montana At-Large race, Matt Rosendale (R) easily beat Kathleen Williams (D). I thought Williams would win. I think the only hope for Democrats to win a House seat in Montana is for there to be another House seat added to Montana.
Greg Gianforte (R) beat Mike Cooney (D) for Montana Governor. I did not think this would be close. I picked Gianforte. Gianforte will be the first Republican Governor since 2005. Like I wrote earlier, there will be some big changes in Helena with a new Republican administration.
Christi Jacobson for Secretary of State, Austin Knudsen for Attorney General, and Troy Downing for State Auditor all won their respective races easily. All are Republicans. I picked all three to win.
Elsie Arntzen (R) beat Melissa Romano (D) for the Superintendent of Public Instruction. I thought Romano would win.
In the Supreme Court Justice #5 race, I predicted Laurie McKinnon (NP) would win. She is winning easily.
In the Public Service Commission #4 race, Republican Jennifer Fielder is leading Democrat Monica Tranel 52-48 with a little more than half the precincts fully reporting.
In the Ballot Initiatives, LR 130 would restrict a county, city, town, consolidated local government, or other local government unit’s authority to regulate the carrying of firearms. I predicted LR 130 would be defeated. As of this morning, it is winning 51-49%.
CI-118/I-190 was about recreational marijuana. I predicted it will pass and sometime next year when the rules are written and the sales start, Montana will be a little mellower. These are passing pretty easily.
Last night (or early this morning), President Trump gave a campaign statement in the White House. There were campaign signs. His speech was about his campaign. This is illegal.
Nonetheless, Trump tweeted that “they are trying to STEAL the election.” Later during his speech, he said the same thing. He said he wanted to stop all the voting, but that had stopped hours before. The counting is all that is left.
Trump is undermining democracy with his statement and tweets. I think he’s going to lose, and it’s going to get ugly.
With most races decided, it’s time to stop the partisan fighting and work together.
Montana Election results can be seen HERE.