Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Montana State Executive Officials

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December 12, 2012

By Greg Janetka

Portal:State Executive Officials

Helena, Montana: Nine state executive positions were up for election this year in the state of Montana. Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger (R), and Public Service Commissioner Brad Molnar (R) were term-limited and Attorney General Steve Bullock (D) ran for Governor. This left five incumbents who ran for re-election, three of whom won on November 6, 2012.

Here are the candidates who won election.[1]

Office Incumbent General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Brian Schweitzer
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Democratic Party Steve Bullock
Republican Party Rick Hill
Libertarian Party Ron Vandevender
IndependentBill Coate
Steve Bullock No
Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger
John Bohlinger.jpg
Democratic Party John E. Walsh
Republican Party Jon Sonju
Libertarian Party Marc Mulcahy
Independent Joni Oja
John E. Walsh Yes
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
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Democratic PartyLinda McCulloch
Republican Party Brad Johnson
Libertarian PartyRoger Roots
Linda McCulloch No
Attorney General Steve Bullock
Steve Bullock.jpg
Democratic PartyPam Bucy
Republican PartyTim Fox
Tim Fox Yes
Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, State Auditor Monica Lindeen
Monica Lindeen.jpg
Democratic Party Monica Lindeen
Republican PartyDerek Skees
Monica Lindeen No
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
Denise Juneau.jpg
Democratic PartyDenise Juneau
Republican PartySandy Welch
Denise Juneau No
Public Service Commission Brad Molnar
Brad Molnar.jpg
Democratic PartyChuck Tooley
Republican PartyKirk Bushman
Kirk Bushman No
Public Service Commission John Vincent
John Vincent.jpg
Democratic PartyJohn Vincent
Republican Party Roger Koopman
Roger Koopman Yes
Public Service Commission Gail Gutsche
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Democratic PartyGail Gutsche
Republican PartyBob Lake
Bob Lake Yes


Official Results


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See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock and John E. Walsh 48.9% 236,450
     Republican Rick Hill and Jon Sonju 47.3% 228,879
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy 3.8% 18,160
Total Votes 483,489
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

See also: Montana secretary of state election, 2012
Montana Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda McCulloch Incumbent 51.4% 245,024
     Republican Brad Johnson 45.1% 214,976
     Libertarian Roger Roots 3.5% 16,622
Total Votes 476,622
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

See also: Montana attorney general election, 2012
Attorney General of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pam Bucy 46.3% 218,228
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Fox 53.7% 252,916
Total Votes 471,144
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMonica Lindeen Incumbent 53.5% 248,447
     Republican Derek Skees 46.5% 215,743
Total Votes 464,190
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Juneau Incumbent 50.2% 235,397
     Republican Sandy Welch 49.8% 233,166
Total Votes 468,563
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Montana Public Service Commission District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Chuck Tooley 47.3% 42,587
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKirk Bushman 52.7% 47,385
Total Votes 89,972
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Montana Public Service Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Vincent Incumbent 49.1% 50,513
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Koopman 50.9% 52,330
Total Votes 102,843
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Montana Public Service Commission District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Gail Gutsche Incumbent 48.6% 46,462
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Lake 51.4% 49,140
Total Votes 95,602
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

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States with 2012 executive elections

There were 94 total seats up for election across 22 states this year, including 11 Governors, 9 Lt. Governors, 10 Attorneys General, 7 Secretaries of State and 57 down ballot seats.

  • Before the election, 51 of these offices were held by Democrats, 38 were held by Republicans, and the remaining 4 positions were held by non partisan or Independent officers . After the election, Democrats hold 49 (net loss of 2 seats), Republicans 42 (net gain of 4 seats), and Independents/non partisans only 1 (loss of 3).
  • Of the 69 incumbents who ran for election in 2012, 7 were defeated-6 Democrat and 1 Republican. Democratic Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau narrowly escaped that fate, having had to wait for her challenger to cancel a self-financed recount on December 11, 2012 before being named the official winner.[2]
  • Out of 25 total open seats, 13 were won by Democrats, 11 went to Republican, and 1 went to an Independent (nonpartisan) candidate. In all, there are 34 new state executives as a result of the election.
  • From the gubernatorial perspective, after the November 2012 election, there are 30 Republican and 19 Democratic governors.[3] If the GOP had taken five governor seats from Democrats on November 6, that would have given the party 34 -- the most for Republicans since 1922. As of December 2012, the number of Democratic governors in the country is at its lowest since 2001.
2012 State Executive Election Partisan Breakdown
Party Before 2012 Election After 2012 Election Net Change
Democratic 51 50 -1
Republican 38 43 +5
Independent (Nonpartisan) 4 1 -3
TOTALS 931 vacant 94
2012 State Executive Election Analysis
Party Open Seat Winners Defeated Incumbents New State Executives
Democratic 13 6 15
Republican 11 1 18
Independent (Nonpartisan) 1 0 1
TOTALS 25 7 34

See also

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