The results are in and us candidates on both sides of the aisle are celebrating their primary election victories.
As expected, incumbent US Senator John Walsh won the Us Senate primary race for the democrats with 64 percent in his favor. The US Sent ate is currently in session, which prevented walsh from being able to celebrate with his team in helena at the democrat viewing party.
Senator John Walsh said, "I was sent back here to do a job, and you know, we've got votes that are taking place on the floor of the senate, and so i have to take care of my responsibilities rather than worrying about politics today."
Although he was unable to celebrate his nomination in Helena, Walsh did convey his thanks and appreciation for the hard word of his team.
GOP favorite Steve Daines won the republican race for US Senate primary and will compete against Walsh in November. Daines says he and his team will stick to the same focus leading up to the general election.
Daines said, "We're going to keep going on the same message of more jobs and less government. That's what I started campaigning with when I started running for congress and it's what is still relevant today."
Looking to the US House of Representative primary race, former aide to Senator Max Baucus, democrat John Lewis collected the most votes. Lewis says getting started on his campaign early in the fall played a big part in his victory.
"Started in the fall. Worked at all corners of the state, and we're going to continue to do that," Lewis said.
On the republican side, former navy seal US House candidate Ryan Zinke come out on top in the five-way race with 33 percent in his favor. This was a close call as republican candidates Corey Stapleton and Matt Rosendale were only about two percent behind.
Just as the Montana Secretary of State predicted, primary election voter turnout was low. Out of the 51,000 registered voters in Cascade County, only 32 percent voted. As for Lewis and Clark county only 33 percent of the 42,000 registered voters casted their vote.
Although voter turnout was though, the primary election gives us at least an idea of what to expect for the general election.?