Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014
Montana House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on June 3, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is March 10, 2014.
Montana, like many other states, has seen a divide between two groups of the Republican caucus in the State Legislature. Most pronounced in the State Senate, moderate Republicans, calling themselves Responsible Republicans, regularly split from conservative leadership to side with Democrats. Most notably, the moderate Republicans sided with the Democratic minority on key issues such as campaign spending law changes, school funding legislation, and state employee pension reform.
Leaders on the conservative end of the Republican Party are recruiting far-right candidates to present primary challenges to the moderates. Many districts lean heavily Republican, meaning legislators are effectively elected in the primary in those districts. Montana had just three Senate districts and seven House districts where the margin of victory was under five percent in the general election.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Montana House of Representatives:
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- A resident of the state for at least one year next preceding the general election
- A resident of the county for six months preceding the general election if it contains one or more districts or of the district if it contains all or parts of more than one county.
List of candidates
Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.
- mtpr.org, "Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election," February 26, 2014
- Ballotpedia.org, "Montana Senate Margin of Victory," accessed March 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia.org, "Montana House Margin of Victory," accessed March 6, 2014
- Montana Legislative Services, "Constitution of Montana," accessed March 6, 2014 (Referenced Art. V, Sec. 4)