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Montana, like many other states, has seen a divide between two groups of the Republican caucus in the [[Montana State Legislature|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.<ref name=mtpr>[http://mtpr.org/post/republican-divide-widening-ahead-mt-primary-election ''mtpr.org,'' "Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election," February 26, 2014]</ref>
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Montana, like many other states, has seen a divide between two groups of the Republican caucus in the [[Montana State Legislature|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.<ref name=mtpr>[http://mtpr.org/post/republican-divide-widening-ahead-mt-primary-election ''mtpr.org,'' "Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election," February 26, 2014]</ref>
  
 
Leaders on the conservative end of the Republican Party are recruiting candidates to present primary challenges to moderate Republicans.  Many districts lean heavily Republican, meaning the battle over ideas takes place in the primary election rather than the general election.<ref name=mtpr/>  Montana had just three Senate districts and seven House districts where the margin of victory 5 percent or less in the general election.<ref>[https://docs.google.com/a/ballotpedia.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al60Re-ZfqNMdGhZT1RiUzhqQUxsQm9ISFhtcXZvQVE&usp=drive_web#gid=1 ''Ballotpedia.org,'' "Montana Senate Margin of Victory," accessed March 6, 2014]</ref><ref>[https://docs.google.com/a/ballotpedia.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al60Re-ZfqNMdGVscE8xTDBpdEFtblJZdHpSN3pjaUE&usp=drive_web#gid=1 ''Ballotpedia.org,'' "Montana House Margin of Victory," accessed March 6, 2014]</ref>
 
Leaders on the conservative end of the Republican Party are recruiting candidates to present primary challenges to moderate Republicans.  Many districts lean heavily Republican, meaning the battle over ideas takes place in the primary election rather than the general election.<ref name=mtpr/>  Montana had just three Senate districts and seven House districts where the margin of victory 5 percent or less in the general election.<ref>[https://docs.google.com/a/ballotpedia.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al60Re-ZfqNMdGhZT1RiUzhqQUxsQm9ISFhtcXZvQVE&usp=drive_web#gid=1 ''Ballotpedia.org,'' "Montana Senate Margin of Victory," accessed March 6, 2014]</ref><ref>[https://docs.google.com/a/ballotpedia.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al60Re-ZfqNMdGVscE8xTDBpdEFtblJZdHpSN3pjaUE&usp=drive_web#gid=1 ''Ballotpedia.org,'' "Montana House Margin of Victory," accessed March 6, 2014]</ref>

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Montana State Senate elections, 2014

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List of candidates
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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of Montana State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file.

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.[1]

Leaders on the conservative end of the Republican Party are recruiting candidates to present primary challenges to moderate Republicans. Many districts lean heavily Republican, meaning the battle over ideas takes place in the primary election rather than the general election.[1] Montana had just three Senate districts and seven House districts where the margin of victory 5 percent or less in the general election.[2][3]

Incumbents retiring

A total of 11 incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Jon Sonju Ends.png Republican Senate District 4
Verdell Jackson Ends.png Republican Senate District 5
Shannon Augare Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 8
Anders Blewett Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 11
Mitch Tropila Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 12
Edward Walker Ends.png Republican Senate District 29
Jason Priest Ends.png Republican Senate District 30
Larry Jent Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 32
Art Wittich Ends.png Republican Senate District 34
Dave Lewis Ends.png Republican Senate District 42
David Wanzenried Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 49

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Montana State Senate:

Montana State Senate
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 21 Pending
     Republican Party 29 Pending
Total 50 50

Qualifications

Candidate Ballot Access
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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.

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In two (8.0%) of the 25 districts up for election, there is only one major party candidate running for election. A total of two Democrats are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in 23 of the 25 districts up for election.

Primary challenges

A total of two incumbents will face primary competition on June 3. Eleven incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another seven incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition include:

Retiring incumbents

Eleven incumbent representatives are not running for re-election, while seven (28.0%) are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, five Democrats and six Republicans, can be found above.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Chas Vincent - Incumbent Vincent first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 4

Note: Incumbent Jon Sonju (R) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 5

Note: Incumbent Verdell Jackson (R) is not seeking re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 8

Note: Incumbent Shannon Augare (D) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 9

Note: Incumbent Rick Ripley (R), who is not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 10 by redistricting.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 11

Note: Incumbent Anders Blewett (D) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Ed Buttrey - Incumbent Buttrey first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 12

Note: Incumbent Mitch Tropila (D) is running for Montana House District 26 due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 13

Note: Incumbent Ed Buttrey (R) is running in District 11.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 14

Note: Incumbent Llew Jones (R) is running in District 9.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • Greg Jergeson - Incumbent Jergeson first assumed office in 2013.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 19

Note: Incumbent Matthew Rosendale (R), who is not up for re-election and was reassigned to District 17 by redistricting, is running for Congress.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 20

Note: Incumbent Frederick "Eric" Moore (R) is running in District 19.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 22

Note: Incumbent Taylor Brown (R), who is not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 28 by redistricting.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 24

Note: Incumbent Roger Webb (R), who is not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 23 by redistricting.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 27

Note: Incumbent Elsie Arntzen (R), who is not up for re-election and was reassigned to District 26 by redistricting, is running for Congress.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 29

Note: Incumbent Edward Walker (R) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 30

Note: Incumbent Jason Priest (R) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 32

Note: Incumbent Larry Jent (D) is not seeking re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 33

Note: Incumbent Mike Phillips (D), who is not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 31 by redistricting.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 34

Note: Incumbent Scott Sales (R), who is not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 35 by redistricting. Incumbent Art Wittich (R) withdrew from the primary and filed to run in House District 68.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 41

Note: Incumbent Christine Kaufmann (D), who is not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 40 by redistricting.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • Mary Caferro - Incumbent Caferro first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 42

Note: Incumbent Dave Lewis (R) is not seeking re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 43

Note: Incumbent Gene Vuckovich (D), who is not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 39.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 48

Note: Incumbent Tom Facey (D) is running in District 50.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 49

Note: Incumbent David Wanzenried (D) is not seeking re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 50

Note: Incumbent Cliff Larsen (D), who is not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 47 by redistricting.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • Tom Facey - Incumbent Facey first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

See also

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