Montana U.S. Senate election, 2006

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Conrad Burns (R)

Republican Conrad Burns is up for re-election. He had some opposition in the Republican Party primary, but easily won re-nomination with 75% of the vote. Montana State Senate President Jon Tester won the Democratic primary. Democrats can only hope Burns is seen as damaged merchandise in the November election.


  • Senator: Conrad Burns
  • State: MT
  • Age in '06: 71
  • Prognosis: Lean GOP (04/05)

Important Dates

  • Filing Deadline (Major Parties): March 23, 2006
  • Filing Deadline (Minor Parties/Independents): May 30, 2006
  • Primary: June 6, 2006



  • Tester won 49-48%

Previous Elections

Montana presidential election results

  • 2004: Bush 59% / Kerry 39%
  • 2000: Bush 58% / Gore 34%


Montana has been trending blue, and Burns might just get caught up in it. A number of minor scandals have surfaced, especially involving Jack Abramoff of Tom Delay fame. A recent poll had Burn's relect number pegged at 36%. Morrison declared for the race in April, and Tester is also in the running. It is expected that if both Morrison and Tester run it will be a very competitive democratic primary.

Posted on on January 12, 2006:

A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows the barrage of bad publicity about Conrad Burns' close ties to Abramoff have taken a major toll. His once double-digit lead over the two leading Democrats is gone. Burns and liberal State Senate President Jon Tester (D) are tied at 45% apiece. Burns leads State Auditor John Morrison (D) by a narrow 46% to 43% vote. Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 01.12.06 [1]

Morrison has been badly damaged by reports that he failed to enforce a securities fraud settlement with Venue Tech, because he had an affair with the wife of Venue Tech's president. (DailyKos story) Morrison was also a strong supporter of the Defense of Marriage Amendment.

Tester Crushes Burns in First Debate - summary of the first debate.

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Sen. Max Baucus (D)


Sen. Max Baucus - Next Election in 2008.

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