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‘It’s Just a Slaughter’: Montana Goes from Purple to Deep Red


For years, Montananer have taunted nongovernmental experts and journalists who characterized the state as “deep red,” ignoring its centuries-old purple due to a legacy of union activism and general pragmatism that divides the tickets

That changed on Tuesday. Red is now just as bright in Montana as it is in the surrounding states of Idaho, Wyoming, and Dakotas.

Republican Senator Steve Daines parried a challenge from Governor Steve Bullock to keep the US Senate in Republican hands. Representative Greg Gianforte (notorious for beating up a reporter on the eve of his 2017 special election victory) easily defeated Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney and completed 16 years of Democratic tenure in the governor’s office. Matt Rosendale, the Republican accountant, defeated Democrat Kathleen Williams, who had lost to Gianforte two years earlier in seeking the same seat.

The Republicans increased their majority in both houses of the legislature. And with 76 percent of the votes counted Wednesday morning, the GOP called for all nationwide voting races – attorney general, accountant, state secretary and superintendent of state schools.

“I do not know that [such a complete sweep] never happened, ”said Chuck Johnson, a longtime Montana political journalist who is now retired. Pages rustled as he searched an electoral atlas in Montana year after year until he came up with the 1936 election of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democratic reflection of the Republican escape on Tuesday night.

Montana didn’t just become Republican on Tuesday. It was deeply conservative Republicans. For the last two-year legislatures, the Democrats, with the help of a group of moderate Republicans known as the Solutions Caucus, have successfully enacted laws like the expansion of Medicaid.

But the Solutions Caucus saw his ranks thinner In the June primary, some of its members lose to more conservative candidates who refer to themselves as 38 Special, complete with nameplates adorned with the branded ammunition.

“This is not Marc Racicot and Bob Brown’s Republican Party,” said Rob Saldin, professor of political science at the University of Montana. Racicot, who served as governor of Montana from 1993 to 2001 and headed the Republican National Committee in 2002/03, announced his intention to vote for Biden shortly before the election. Brown, a former State Secretary of Montana and Senate President, issued a “declaration of independence” for the Republican Party of Montana rolled into one Open Julyin which he called Trump a “deadly joke” and a “villain” and Daines and Gianforte his “puppets”.



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