Jerry McConnell

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Jerry McConnell
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Montana
ProfessionRetired Businessman
Jerry McConnell was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Montana. While McConnell initially appeared on the official candidate list, he later withdrew.[1]



See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2012

McConnell ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Montana. McConnell sought the nomination on the Libertarian ticket.

While McConnell initially appeared on the official candidate list, he later withdrew.[1]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[2] The seat rated a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is most likely to change hands is the Senate seat in Montana.[2] The article notes that incumbent Jon Tester is a slight underdog against challenger Denny Rehberg.[2]

Ballot Issues

The unusual presence of two Libertarian primary contenders in the race has lead the state’s election chief to put both Libertarian candidates on the general election ballot instead of conducting a costly and separate Libertarian primary.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch said that a separate Libertarian primary would have cost counties a combined total of $350,000 to $390,000.

Libertarian primaries typically draw anywhere from 3 percent to 5 percent of the general election vote, but counties would nevertheless have been required to print the same number of Libertarian ballots as they do Republican and Democratic ones.

State election officials cited Montana law (MCA 13-10-209), which states that the election administrator does not need to prepare a primary ballot for a party that does not have candidates for more than half the offices on the ballot.[3]

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