There are numerous contested races across Montana in the primary election. Among them:
- There are four candidates running for Cascade County Sheriff: George Kynett, Bob Rosipal, Jesse Slaughter and incumbent Bob Edwards. Rosipal is running unopposed in the Republican primary; Edwards, Kynett, and Slaughter are competing in the Democratic primary. The Democrat who garners the most votes in the primary will face off against Rosipal in the general election on November 6th.
- Democratic voters will choose their nominee to challenge GOP Representative Greg Gianforte, in a five-way race with no clear favorite. The contest features Billings attorney John Heenan, former land-trust director Grant Kier of Missoula, Bozeman attorneys John Meyer and Jared Pettinato, and former state Rep. Kathleen Williams of Bozeman.
- Republican voters are facing a four-way Republican U.S. Senate primary to decide who will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester this fall, potentially one of the top Senate races in the country. The GOP primary contest is among Big Sky businessman Troy Downing, former state District Judge Russell Fagg, state Sen. Al Olszewski of Kalispell and state Auditor Matt Rosendale.
The initial (and unofficial) tally of votes in the Democratic primary for Cascade County Sheriff:
- Edwards: 3,660
- Kynett: 700
- Slaughter: 4,864
- Write-in: 23
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