Fergus County voters help elect Greg Gianforte to Congress

Managing Editor

Greg Gianforte handily won Fergus County's vote for the open Congressinal seat.

Unofficial results from Thursday’s election show Fergus County voters strongly supported Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte (R) over other contenders for Montana’s open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to county Election Administrator Rana Wichman, Fergus County’s results show 66.02 percent for Gianforte (2,986 votes); 26.16 percent (1,183 votes) for Rob Quist (D); and 7.43 percent for Mark L. Wicks (L), (336 votes). Thirty provisional ballots remain to be counted, Wichman said.

Wichman said the results equaled a 58 percent turnout of Fergus County’s 7,758 registered voters, slightly above the statewide turnout of 54.22 percent.

According to data on the Montana Secretary of State’s website, Petroleum County’s voters also strongly supported Gianforte, who won with 80 percent of the 254 votes cast. Quist had 15 percent, and Wicks garnered 6 percent of the Petroleum County votes. The vote totals were 202 for Gianforte, 38 for Quist and 14 for Wicks. Turnout in Petroleum County was 60.23 percent of the 425 registered voters.

Judith Basin County had the best turnout of the three local counties, at 67.59 percent. Of the 1,441 registered voters, 974 voted, giving the nod to Gianforte, who won with 65 percent (636 votes). Quist trailed with 26 percent of the vote (254 votes), followed by Wicks with 8 percent (81 votes).

Statewide results, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, are 50 percent for Gianforte, 44 percent for Quist and 6 percent for Wicks.

Results remain unofficial until local election offices can canvass, or certify, the results. At the county level, the canvass must take place within 14 days after the election, according to state law. The certified results are sent to the Secretary of State’s office.



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