Yellowstone County voters backed Billings candidates in top U.S. races

Posted at 12:52 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 02:52:24-04

BILLINGS – Yellowstone County voters showed their support for the Billings candidates in both the race for U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

Montana’s current state auditor, R – Matt Rosendale, will face off with Montana’s Senior Senator Jon Tester in the fall after beating out former Yellowstone County District Judge Russ Fagg across the state.

But that wasn’t the case in Yellowstone County where voters gave Fagg three times as many votes.

In Yellowstone County, Fagg claimed 58 percent compared to Rosendale’s 18 percent.

 Troy Downing and Dr. Al Olszewski followed with the remaining 25 percent

In the contest for the U.S. House, the race was neck-and-neck all night long and still too close to call at 2 a.m. But Yellowstone County voters, again, pulled for the local candidate.  

Consumer protection attorney, Democrat John Heenan, gleaned 57 percent to ex-state legislator and Bozeman woman Kathleen Williams’ 20 percent.

The next closest candidate, Grant Kier, a former land trust director from Missoula, came in with  with 12 percent of Yellowstone County ballots followed by Lynda Moss with 7 percent, John Meyer with 3 percent and Jared Pettinato with 1 percent.

Moss pulled out of the race and endorsed Kier, but was too late to have her name removed from the ballot.

As more ballots are counted overnight, it will be up to the rest of the state to decide which top democratic candidate will face Representative Greg Gianforte in November. 

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