Endless Elections – Flathead Beacon

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Even before the map of Montana’s new US House Second District was drawn, four candidates announced their candidacy. This is despite the fact that when the dust settles, they may not even live within its limits.

Democratic state lawmaker Laurie Bishop, of Livingston, said if her town was drawn to incumbent Republican Matt Rosendale’s district – a very real possibility – it would still run for the other seat, which will likely be more competitive . Monica Tranel, another Democrat who grew up in eastern Montana but now lives in the liberal stronghold of Missoula, has joined the race.

Two local Republicans, former Kalispell State Senator Al Olszewski and former US Congressman and Home Secretary Ryan Zinke, have also announced their respective candidacies. Both assume that the state’s second congressional district will consist of western Montana and include Flathead County. It’s a good bet, but still not guaranteed.

Although Zinke served under former President Donald Trump, Olszewski says he is the true “Trump Conservative” and underlines his lifetime rating of the Conservative Union of America, which is higher than that of his opponent. Zinke, for his part, launched his campaign by calling for the need to heal divisions within the country and blamed the capital for a culture of corruption in politics.

“People say Washington, DC is a swamp – I think that gives swamps a bad name,” Zinke told MTN News. “I think it’s a cesspool.”

As the primaries begin in earnest, Trump has already endorsed his former cabinet member despite Olszewski’s conservative good faith. Either way, whoever wins the GOP ticket will have a good chance of convincing Trump to join them on the election campaign, or at least Trump, Jr.

Family members made several trips to the state in 2018 in their unsuccessful attempt to oust Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester. And as Trump has returned to hosting rallies, Montana is already on his mind.

At an event in Wellington, Ohio on June 26, the former president lashed out at our state’s voting methods and alleged widespread irregularities in at least one county.

“In Montana, over 6 percent of a certain county’s ballots are missing, evidence to prove that whether they were legitimate or not, they’re gone. All of this evidence. Think about it, Montana. You know, a lot of mail-in ballots. Where you have postal ballots.

Trump won that state by more than 16 percentage points over President Joe Biden and Republican Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s director of communications confirmed to Daily Montanan that there is no report of missing ballots.

“The office is not aware of any county election officials who allegedly declared missing postal ballots.”

Meanwhile, according to multiple reports, “copies of voting system data” from another state have recently arrived in Montana. The widely criticized Maricopa County, Arizona election audit team, led by a contractor named CyberNinjas, apparently sent servers and goes to a laboratory in the Lac des Cygnes region.

I’m not sure Arizona wants to send their ballots to Montana if their own party leader says we’re not counting them correctly, but here we are. Midterms are about 15 months away, politicians are pitching their respective platforms, and a non-partisan commission is set to draw our new congressional district.

Yet one way or another, the previous elections are not yet over.


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