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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

November 8, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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BILLINGS — Only U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana survived President Donald Trump’s aggressive campaign to topple Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states who voted against his Supreme Court picks. The president and his surrogates returned repeatedly to Montana, North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana this election season, pounding on Tester and other incumbent Democrats who opposed the nominations of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 840 words, photos and video.



HELENA — U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte defeated Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams in a Montana U.S. House race that wasn’t decided until Wednesday morning, a win that gives the Republican incumbent his first full term after overcoming renewed attention on his attack against a reporter last year. Gianforte, 57, won by campaigning as a strident supporter of President Donald Trump’s agenda. He said in an interview Wednesday the election results demonstrated that’s what Montana voters want from him. He pledged to keep his door open to anyone in the state who wants to talk about the issues. By Matt Volz. SENT: 780 words, photos.

With: ELECTION 2018-MONTANA-LEGISLATURE — Republican majorities appear to be safe in the Montana House and Senate with many races still to be decided. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.


HELENA — Montana voters rejected a ballot measure that sought to extend the state’s Medicaid program by raising the tobacco tax and another that would have added strict cleanup requirements to new mines. Both ballot measures were the targets of multimillion-dollar campaigns that filled the airwaves with ads, including $17 million spent by Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, to defeat the tobacco tax. By Matt Volz. SENT: 590 words, photos.



Voters casting midterm election ballots in Montana were divided over President Donald Trump’s performance, and it showed in the results: Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte embraced the president’s agenda and won, but four campaign appearances with Trump failed to help challenger Matt Rosendale unseat Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. AP VoteCast, a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, found that voters had mixed views of Trump: 52 percent said they approve of how he is handling his job as president, while 47 percent said they disapprove of Trump. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 1,010 words, photo.


KALISPELL — A man who fought for more than a decade to maintain his rights to a mining claim in northwestern Montana died two days after a jury awarded him nearly $2.6 million. A Lincoln County jury awarded the money to Arnold Bakie for a mining company’s use of Bakie’s claims to access an estimated $8 billion worth of silver and copper claims beneath the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness. SENT: 200 words.


SPOKANE, Wash. — Wolves from two packs that have been preying on cattle in the northeastern corner of the state will be killed, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday morning. Hunters will kill members of the Smackout Pack in Stevens County and members of the Togo Pack in Ferry County, the agency said. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 560 words.


— MONTANA BOATING FATAL — Flathead County officials say a 79-year-old Montana man died when his boat capsized on the Flathead River.

— MONTANA SHERIFF CHARGED — The undersheriff of a small southwestern Montana county won a write-in campaign over the suspended sheriff.


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