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     Nov. 8, 2016 Governor

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+Steve Bullock/Mike Cooney (D)
255,933
50.25%
Greg Gianforte/Lesley Robinson (R)
236,115
46.36%
Ted Dunlap/Ron Vandevender (L)
17,312
3.40%

509,360

Registered voters:  694,370.  Turnout 516,901.
Plurality 19,817 votes (3.89 percentage points).

 MT Sec. of State


Notes: Gov. Steve Bullock (D) won a second term despite being
substantially outspent by the campaign of Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte (R).  Heliena Independent Record deemed this–"The costliest governor's race in state history"– as its biggest story of 2016.  Gianforte spent $5.8 million of his own money on the campaign.  According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, Gianforte's campaign outraised Bullock's by $8.6 million to $3.3 million (>).  However, outside groups weighed in as well, pushing total spending on the race to over $15 million according to KRTV-3.  The Center for Public Integrity reported that a total of $9 million was spent to run a total of 65,074 TV ads (>).  That included $4.5 million from the Gianforte campaign and $263,000 from RGA Right Direction PAC and $1.4 million from the Bullock campaign and $2.8 million from Good Jobs PAC (DGA).  The two candidates debated on Sept. 19 at Montana State University in Billings (+) and on Oct. 8 hosted by MTN at KRTV studios in Great Falls (+)..

Campaign Managers:
Steve Bullock: Eric Hyers
Senior advisor to Gibralter Chief Minister Fabian Picardo's re-election, Mar.-July 2015.  Campaign manager on Gina Raimondo's campaign for governor of Rhode Island, Nov. 2013-Dec. 2014.  Campaign manager on Karen Spilka for Congress (MA-5), June-Oct. 2013.  Campaign manager on Cicilline for Congress, Mar.-Dec. 2012.  Executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party, Mar. 2011-Mar.2012.  Campaign manager on David Cicilline for Congress (RI), Mar.-Dec. 2010.

Greg Gianforte: Amy Lunde

Founder (2011) and principal at Plain Stakes, LLC, a public affairs and corporate issue advocacy firm.  Deputy political director for the Republican Governors Association in 2013-14, managing independent expenditure campaigns in 27 states totaling over $140 million. Campaign manager on Jack Dalrymple’s 2012 campaign for governor of North Dakota.  North Dakota Victory director in 2010.  Campaigns for Annette Ziegler and Michael Gableman for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  A principal at Arena Strategy Group, 2007-10, where she managed accounts for clients including Ford Motor Company, American Cancer Society, the ONE Campaign and Growth Energy.  Field director on Green for Wisconsin, 2006.  Field rep./regional field director in South Central Wisconsin on Bush-Cheney '04.  B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin, 2005.  Raised in Arlington, VA.






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