A woman votes in the midterm election at a polling station in Helena, Montana

2022 Montana Primary Election Results

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Montana will have two House seats, after one was added to account for the state’s growing population.

Ryan Zinke, former President Donald Trump’s secretary of the interior, is seeking the GOP nomination in a newly created House district in Montana. Though the seat is technically open, the former Navy SEAL is widely considered the de facto incumbent, since he twice won elections for the state’s other House seat before stepping down in 2017 to join the Trump administration.

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His opponents are drawing attention to Zinke’s troubled tenure at the agency, which was marked by multiple ethics investigations. One investigation determined Zinke lied to an agency ethics official about his continued involvement in a commercial real estate deal in his hometown. He’s faced a smear campaign over his military service from the extreme right wing of his party and questions about his residency following revelations that his wife declared a house in California as her primary residence.

His opponents in the GOP primary include former state Sen. Al “Doc” Olszewski, an orthopedic surgeon and hard-line conservative who has tried to paint Zinke as a “liberal insider.”

Three Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination: public health advocate Cora Neumann, Olympic rower and attorney Monica Tranel and former state Rep. Tom Winter.

In the state’s other district, first-term Rep. Matt Rosendale, who has Trump’s endorsement, will look to fend off three Republican primary challengers

Associated Press writer Matthew Brown in Billings, Mont. contributed to this report.