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Montana's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

District historyCandidates

November 6 Election Winner:
Steve Daines Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Denny Rehberg Republican Party
Denny Rehberg.jpg

Montana U.S. House Elections
At-Large District

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Montana took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's at-large congressional district.

Steve Daines (R) won election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 12, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Montana has a mixed primary: Democrats hold an open primary, meaning any registered voter can vote in the party's primary, while Republicans hold a closed caucus, restricted to party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 11. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6.[2]

See also: Montana elections, 2012

Incumbent: The contenders were battling for an open seat, as incumbent Denny Rehberg (R) was challenging current U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D) for his seat in the Senate.

Montana has a single at-large congressional district, which is made up of the entire state.

Partisan breakdown

The state of Montana's at-large Congressional district.

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the one Congressional seat from Montana.

Members of the U.S. House from Montana -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Kim Gillan
Republican Party Steve DainesGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party David Kaiser

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Election Results

U.S. House, Montana, At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kim Gillan 42.7% 204,939
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 53.3% 255,468
     Libertarian David Kaiser 4% 19,333
Total Votes 479,740
Source: Montana Secretary of State "2012 Election Center"

Race background

Montana's at-large District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identifies districts that the organization has specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[14]

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Montana's at-large congressional district has a PVI of R+7, which was the 145th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 51-49 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-40 percent over John Kerry (D).[15]


Gillan vs. Daines
Poll Kim Gillan Steve DainesOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (September 10&11, 2012)
Mason-Dixon Polling (September 22, 2012)
Public Policy Polling (October 10, 2012)
Pharos Research Group
(October 26-28, 2012)
AVERAGES 38.4% 45.15% 5.25% 11.2% +/-3.73 704.25
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Campaign donors

Kim Gillan

Kim Gillan (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]March 31, 2012$95,346.99$66,592.12$(50,732.17)$111,206.94
Pre-Primary[17]May 24, 2012$111,206.94$36,317.76$(88,319.32)$59,205.38
July Quarterly[18]June 30, 2012$59,205.38$100,230.21$(71,529.93)$87,905.66
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2012$87,905.66$377,276.33$(313,922.45)$151,259.54
Pre-General[20]October 25, 2012$151,259.54$63,638.97$(61,302.26)$153,596.25
Running totals

Steve Daines

Steve Daines (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]March 31, 2012$630,561.21$170,950.63$(75,092.52)$726,419.32
Pre-Primary[22]May 24, 2012$726,419.32$71,508.59$(54,681.13)$743,246.78
July Quarterly[23]June 30, 2012$743,246.78$173,255.29$(63,277.73)$853,224.34
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2012$853,224.34$488,957.61$(985,271.46)$356,910.49
Pre-General[25]October 25, 2012$356,910.49$81,267.50$(317,019.35)$121,158.64
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Denny Rehberg was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. He defeated Dennis McDonald (D), and Mike Fellows (Libertarian).[26]

United States House, Montana General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Rehberg Incumbent 60.4% 217,696
     Democratic Dennis McDonald 33.8% 121,954
     Libertarian Mike Fellows 5.7% 20,691
Total Votes 360,341

See also


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Montana"
  2. Montana Secretary of State "Voter Information," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. KAJ 18 "Kim Gillan enters Democratic race for US House," June 22, 2011
  4. Billings Gazette "Whitefish businesswoman becomes 5th Democrat in U.S. House race," November 3, 2011
  5. KPAX 8 "Strohmaier announces run for Congress," June 18, 2011
  6. KRTV 3 "Helena attorney Rob Stutz announces run for US House," August 10, 2011
  7. KRTV 3 "Wilmer of Bozeman announces U.S. House bid," February 1, 2011
  8. Billings Gazette "Billings real estate agent joins U.S. House race" March 13, 2012
  9. Great Falls Tribune "Democrats battling GOP dominance for Montana's House seat" March 13, 2012
  10. KXLF "Bozeman's Steve Daines comments on switching from Senate to House race," February 4, 2011
  11. Missoulian "Eric Brosten biography" March 13, 2012
  12. The Republic "Ex-Marine, Colorado college student files in Montana to run for Congress" March 13, 2012
  13. Missoulian "Democrat Rankin announces bid for U.S. House nomination" March 13, 2012
  14. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  15. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Kim Gillan April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Kim Gillan Pre-Primary," Accessed November 2, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "Kim Gillan July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission "Kim Gillan October Quarterly," Accessed November 2, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission "Kim Gillan Pre-General," Accessed November 2, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission "Steve Daines April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission "Steve Daines Pre-Primary," Accessed November 2, 2012
  23. Federal Election Commission "Steve Daines July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  24. Federal Election Commission "Steve Daines October Quarterly," Accessed November 2, 2012
  25. Federal Election Commission "Steve Daines Pre-General," Accessed November 2, 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"