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Zinke wins US House race; Tranel concedes loss

Posted at 9:53 PM, Nov 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-10 21:17:04-05

WHITEFISH — Just over 24 hours after the close of polls on Election Night, the campaign for Republican candidate Ryan Zinke declared victory in the race for Montana’s western congressional district. Zinke is running against Democrat Monica Tranel.

The campaign released a statement on Wednesday just after 9:00 p.m., after Decision Desk HQ, a national election forecaster, projected Zinke would defeat Tranel.

From the time polls closed on Tuesday evening results were coming in slowly from many of the large counties in the western district.

By Wednesday morning, Zinke had a lead over Tranel.

Large updates from Flathead, Missoula and Gallatin counties began to come in around 5 p.m. and Zinke maintained his advantage.

During the campaign, Zinke focused on setting himself up as a check on the Biden administration's agenda. He called for dialing back federal spending, expanding energy production, and tightening border security.

On Thursday, Tranel thanked her supports, and asked Montanans to hold Zinke accountable for his campaign promises.

“Thank you for joining me in this journey. We will continue to walk together. We will continue to build this movement of the people, a movement that includes everyone, regardless of our differences - of our color, of our faith, who we love, and how we live in this world,” Tranel said. “You represent the Montana I know. The Montana that is big enough, and big-hearted enough to share.”