Which legislative races will longtime capitol correspondent Mike Dennison be keeping an eye on during this primary election here in Montana?

Here's the full list, along with a breakdown from the Montana Television Network's (MTN) Mike Dennison:


SD41, Helena, Democratic: Mike Uda v. Rep. Janet Ellis. Winner of primary the clear favorite in November.

SD43, Ravalli County, GOP: Sen. Pat Connell of Hamilton facing two challengers, include Jason Ellsworth, who’s put $50K of own money into campaign. Winner of the primary is the senator, since no Dem in the general.


HD7, Kalispell: GOP Rep. Frank Garner faces challenge from Robert Welzel.

HD17, Golden Triangle: GOP Rep. Ross Fitzgerald of Fairfield faces challenge from Andrew Watson

HD21, Great Falls: Sen. Ed Buttrey in three-way GOP primary for open House seat.

HD46, Billings: Former U.S. Attorney Bill Mercer has GOP primary opponent, Josiah Loven, for this open seat.

HD50 (Dem-held)), 52 (GOP-held): Billings: Contested GOP and Dem primaries in both, for open seats

HD68, Belgrade: Former U.S. Sen. candidate Ron Murray challenging GOP Rep. Bruce Grubbs, the guy who beat Art Wittich in 2016.

HD70, Townsend: Four-way GOP primary; winner faces only a Libertarian in general.

HD81, Helena: Sen. Mary Caferro v. Helena City Councilman Rob Farris-Olsen. Probably the hardest-fought Dem primary in the state. Labor, enviros trying to beat Caferro, who’s long been an advocate for poor and disabled. Winner is the Rep; no GOP candidate in general.

HD92, East Missoula/Seeley-Swan: GOP Rep. Mike Hopkins in three-way primary.

More From KBUL NEWS TALK 970 AM & 103.3 FM