The Latest: Kathleen Williams wins House Democratic primary
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana’s primary elections (all times local):
Kathleen Williams has won the Democratic primary in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat.
The 57-year-old Williams defeated four other candidates in Tuesday’s election and will face the Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, in the fall.
Williams is a former state lawmaker who wasn’t among the top candidates when it came to fundraising, but she noted that it has been a strong year for women running for office.
If she’s victorious in November, she would become Montana’s first congresswoman since Jeannette Rankin won the seat in 1941.
Williams calls herself a progressive who also has ties to the business community and the agriculture industry. Her campaign has focused on improving health care and increasing gun restrictions after recent school shootings.
Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in November as Republicans look to take back Tester’s seat and complete a sweep of Montana’s congressional delegation.
In Montana’s other top primary, former state legislator Kathleen Williams was holding on to a lead over Billings attorney John Heenan for the Democratic nomination for U.S. House. The race to determine who will take on Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte was too close to call early Wednesday.
Republicans have been gaining ground on Democrats holding federal and statewide offices in every Montana election since 2010. They hope to finish the sweep by defeating Tester.
President Donald Trump has attacked him for releasing misconduct allegations that derailed his nominee to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Tester was unopposed in the primary and advanced to the general election.