Montana State Senate elections, 2012

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Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsImpact of RedistrictingTerm limits

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 2District 3District 6District 7District 9District 10District 16District 18District 19District 21District 22District 24District 26District 27District 33District 34District 36District 37District 38District 41District 45District 46District 47District 50
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Elections for the office of Montana State Senate were held in Montana on November 6, 2012. A total of 26 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 12, 2012. The primary Election Day was June 5, 2012.[1]

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Carol Williams Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 46
Craig Tilleman Ends.png Republican Senate District 17
Donald Steinbeisser Ends.png Republican Senate District 19
Greg Hinkle Ends.png Republican Senate District 7
Jim Shockley Ends.png Republican Senate District 45
Kim Gillan Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 24
Lynda Moss Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 26
Robert Hawks Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 33
Ron Erickson Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 47
Ryan Zinke Ends.png Republican Senate District 2
Steve Gallus Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 37

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Montana State Senate:

Montana State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 22 23
     Republican Party 27 27
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 50 50

Term limits

Robert Hawks represented District 33 of the Montana State Senate from 2005 until 2013. He was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

The Montana State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Montana voters approved CI-64 in 1992. C-64 created Section 8 of Article IV of the Montana Constitution, which says that Montana State Senators cannot serve 8 or more years in any 16-year period as a state senator.

Altogether, there are 50 Montana State Senators. In 2012, eight of them who were current members, or 16% of the total senate seats, were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Of them, five were Democratic state senators and three were Republican state senators.

In addition to the eight state senators who left office because of term limits, 16 state representatives were also termed-out.

The eight current members of the state senate who were ineligible to run in November were:

Democrats (5):


Republicans (3):

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state Senate in Montana in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state Senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 70 $993,331
2008 56 $744,742
2006 62 $687,206
2004 57 $600,450
2002 53 $521,540

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $993,331 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[3]

Donor Amount
Noennig, Mark $20,000
Gallik, Dave $19,317
Priest, Jason S $17,873
Facey, Thomas $16,800
Comstock, Michael B $9,416
Samson, Bruce $7,245
Cohenour, Jill $6,439
Arthun, Ron $4,534
Page, Julia L $3,720
Henry, Teresa K $3,468

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Montana State Senate, a candidate must be:[4]

  • 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

District 2

Note: Incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David B. Fern: 4,569
Republican Party Dee L. Brown: 5,227 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shannon D. Hanson: 3,737
Republican Party Bruce Tutvedt: 8,634 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrats filed to run.
Note: Craig McClure was included on initial candidate lists, but was later removed. Nancy Lindsey was appointed to be the nominee on July 23, 2012.[5]
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
Green Party June 5 Green Party primary:

Note: Cheryl M. Wolfe filed to run, but did not have enough signatures.[6]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nancy Lindsey: 4,201
Republican Party Janna Taylor: 5,579 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Note: Incumbent Republican Greg Hinkle did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
Note: Kirk McNutt withdrew from the race.
Libertarian Party June 5 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Sheets: 3,682
Republican Party Jennifer Fielder: 5,736 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party John Marshall: 779

District 9

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Rick Ripley: 3,097 Approveda - Incumbent Ripley first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ron Szabo: 2,822
Republican Party Rick Ripley: 6,251 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Brad Hamlett: 1,882 Approveda - Incumbent Hamlett first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brad Hamlett: 4,078 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Wendy McKamey: 3,907

District 16

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jonathan Windy Boy: 4,658 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
Note: Incumbent Craig Tilleman withdrew from election.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Greg Jergeson: 3,823 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Don Richman: 3,391

District 18

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Note: Floyd R. Hopstad withdrew from the race.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • John Brenden: 2,756 Approveda - Incumbent Brenden first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Julie E. French: 3,572
Republican Party John Brenden: 5,476 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Note: Incumbent Republican Donald Steinbeisser did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Fred Lake: 2,842
Republican Party Matthew M. Rosendale, Sr.: 5,929 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sharon Stewart Peregoy: 4,502 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Taylor Brown: 2,511 Approveda - Incumbent Brown first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jean Lemire Dahlman: 2,548
Republican Party Taylor Brown: 6,187 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Note: Incumbent Democrat Kim Gillan did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Wanda Grinde: 4,368
Republican Party Roger Webb: 4,647 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Note: Incumbent Democrat Lynda Moss did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robyn Driscoll: 3,679 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Malcolm Long: 2,592

District 27

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Gary Branae: 1,377 Approveda - Incumbent Branae first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gary Branae: 3,225
Republican Party Elsie Arntzen: 3,414 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Note: Incumbent Democrat Robert Hawks did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Phillips: 5,489 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tom Tuck: 2,550

District 34

Note: Incumbent Republican Joe Balyeat did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael B. Comstock: 4,444
Republican Party Scott Sales: 7,994 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Debby Barrett: 3,462 Approveda - Incumbent Barrett first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Turner: 3,011
Republican Party Debby Barrett: 7,390 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Note: Incumbent Democrat Steve Gallus did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
Note: Greg Miller withdrew from the race.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jon C. Sesso: 5,417 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Daniel O'Neill: 3,691

District 38

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Jim Keane: 2,890 Approveda - Incumbent Keane first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Keane: 6,207 Green check mark transparent.png

District 41

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Note: Patricia Rae Peppers withdrew from election.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christine Kaufmann: 5,699 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark Perea: 3,598

District 43

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Gene Vuckovich: 2,318 Approveda - Incumbent Vuckovich first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gene Vuckovich: 4,336 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jonathan L. Arnold: 3,200

District 45

Note: Incumbent Republican Jim Shockley did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:

Note: Richard Marcus ran in the primary, but withdrew following the primary election.[7]

Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 5 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dan Metully: 3,772
Republican Party Fred Thomas: 6,509 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Rob McCoy: 883

District 46

Note: Incumbent Democrat Carol Williams did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sue Malek: 5,934 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kevin Blackler: 3,980

District 47

Note: Incumbent Democrat Ron Erickson did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dick Barrett: 6,676 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Fred Carl: 3,517

District 50

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Cliff Larsen: 1,794 Approveda - Incumbent Larsen first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cliff Larsen: 5,944 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Niles Brush: 3,965

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