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House of Representatives Primary Preview

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Tomorrow is primary votes in the State of Montana. The Treasure State has two seats up for the vote in the November Mid-Term Elections that could change control in the United States Congress. Today we preview the race for The House of Representatives.

We start with the Democratic Party Candidates. The Democrats have not had control of Montana's lone House seat since before the "Republican Revolution" of 1994.  

John Driscoll of Helena will be one of the two candidates. Driscoll at one point was the Speaker of the House in the Montana State Legislature and has run for this seat once in 2008 in which he lost to Denny Rehberg. Driscoll has presented a unique way of campaigning in this race. He has not taken a single campaign contribution and is running the campaign on only a $5,000 budget. Driscoll won the 2008 primary with the same approach and against what political pundits considered great odds, but in 2014 this approach will once again be challenged.

Driscoll's opponent is John Lewis, who was an aide to former U.S. Senator Max Baucus. Unlike Driscoll, Lewis has raised money and by the middle of May was over $750,000. Driscoll's important issues surround agriculture, creating jobs, and gun rights in Montana. Lewis opponents have gone after him and his connections to Baucus, while supporters feel that the connections will help.

Five Republican candidates will run in attempt to keep the seat that Steve Daines is vacating. First up is Ryan Zinke. The former Navy Seal from Whitefish has raised $1.2M as of last month. One of Zinke's biggest campaign issues is to control spending. On his site, the former State Senator described the seventeen trillion dollar debt as "unfathomable."  He is also for lower healthcare costs and protecting Second Amendment rights. He has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns.

Matt Rosendale, one of two candidates who served in the most recent Montana State Legislature, has raised over one million dollars and is just a little below Ryan Zinke overall. When he announced his candidacy, he was a proponent of holding the Obama Administration accountable for their actions. He also is in high support of economic growth and cutting government spending. Rosendale has received a great deal of support from current and former State Legislators including State Senators Jeff Essman and Art Wittich. Former Governor Stan Stephens has also endorsed Rosendale.

Corey Stapleton of Billings was the first Republican to enter the race. Like Zinke, he served the country in the U.S. Navy and the former State Senator has raised over $600,000 in his campaign. His main focus is on the current debt situation, creating jobs, and Second Amendment rights.

Elsie Arntzen, also of Billings, was the other candidate to serve in the most recent state legislature. Arntzen's biggest campaign points have been on the increasing debt, the current healthcare situation, and overall issues surrounding the nation's economy. Arntzen has been endorsed by the group ShePAC, and also has a personal endorsement from 2012 Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Hill.

Drew Turiano of Helena is our final candidate. He participated in the most recent primary debate after not partaking in them before. Turiano has run on the platform with his campaign with stances that support job growth, fight Obamacare, and call for stricter immigration laws.  

Tune in tomorrow as we will be live from the Montana Expo Park and we will take a look into the race for the Senate and the seat vacated by Max Baucus.
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