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Were the kids listening to their parents, or do the parents need to listen to the kids? In case you missed it, Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale was the big winner in the ceremonial youth vote held across the state.

Here's the news from the Montana Secretary of State's office:


November 2, 2018

YouthVote 2018 Results

HELENA, MT – Today students cast their votes across Montana. “Although these votes don’t count toward the actual election, Montana’s youth continued the tradition every American has inherited since we declared our independence,” said Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, whose office sponsored the event at schools across Montana.

Here are the results of Montana YouthVote:

Montana students chose Republican Matt Rosendale with 46.01% of the votes over Democrat Jon Tester’s 42.15%, in the race for United States Senate, which is perhaps Montana’s most closely watched race. Libertarian Rick Breckenridge received 11.84%.

Students also chose Republican Greg Gianforte with 46.35% to be our United States Representative over Democrat Kathleen Williams (40.4%) and Libertarian Elinor Swanson (13.25%).

The race for Clerk of Supreme Court proved to be the closest race, with Republican candidate Bowen Greenwood receiving 47.02% to Democrat Rex Renk’s 46.01%. Libertarian Roger Roots took the remaining 6.97%. Students also returned Beth Baker to the State Supreme Court but denied Ingrid Gustafson an unexpired term.

On ballot measures, the student voters approved LR-128 (The Six-Mill), LR-129 (Ballot Safety), I-185, and by a narrow margin approved I-186.

Elementary students weighed in on their favorite lunch item. Pizza is their preferred choice. Older students selected basketball as their favorite sport.

“It is an honor for me to help Montana’s youth learn a little bit more about the process of electing the leadership in our republic form of government. If we can introduce this process to our kids at a younger age, I know we will have even higher levels of voter participation,” Stapleton stated.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton joined 19 kindergarteners at Billings Alkali Creek Elementary School today as they cast their votes. He spent time discussing the importance of voting and answering their questions, as well as reading with them.


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