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United States Senate election in Montana, 2000

United States Senate election in Montana, 2000

November 7, 2000

 
Nominee Conrad Burns Brian Schweitzer
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 208,082 194,430
Percentage 50.6% 47.2%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Conrad Burns
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Conrad Burns
Republican

The 2000 United States Senate election in Montana was held November 7, 2000. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Conrad Burns won re-election to a third term.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brian Schweitzer 59,189 66.18
Democratic John Driscoll 30,242 33.82
Total votes 89,431 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Conrad Burns (inc.) 102,125 100.00
Total votes 102,125 100.00

Reform primary

Candidates

  • Sam Rankin

Results

Reform Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Sam Rankin 1,110 100.00
Total votes 1,110 100.00

Though Sam Rankin won the Reform Party's nomination for the United States Senate, he dropped out of the race over the summer and was replaced by Gary Lee.[2]

General election

Candidates

Campaign

Conrad, in a poll released September 21, was leading Schweitzer 48% to 39% that went down from 49% in November 1999. Schweitzer had his polls go up by 11 points.

Burns faced a surprisingly difficult reelection campaign in 2000. In February 1999, he announced that he would break his 1988 promise to only hold office for two terms, claiming "Circumstances have changed, and I have rethought my position."[3] Later that same month, while giving a speech about U.S. dependence on foreign oil to the Montana Equipment Dealers Association, he referred to Arabs as "ragheads". Burns soon apologized, saying he "became too emotionally involved" during the speech.[4]

Burns faced Canada and Mexico for cheaper medicine.[6] Burns charged that Schweitzer favored "Canadian-style government controls"[5] and claimed that senior citizens went to doctors to have "somebody to visit with. There's nothing wrong with them."[6] Burns also faced trouble regarding deaths from asbestos in Libby, Montana. While he initially supported a bill to limit compensation in such cases, he withdrew his support for the bill, under public criticism, and added $11.5 million for the town to an appropriations bill.[5][7]

Burns spent twice as much money as Schweitzer on the election[5] and only defeated him by a slim margin, 51-47 percent, while the state voted 58-33 percent for Republican presidential nominee governor in 2004.

Results

General election results[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Conrad Burns (inc.) 208,082 50.55% -11.82%
Democratic Brian Schweitzer 194,430 47.24% +9.61%
Reform Gary Lee 9,089 2.2%
Majority 13,652 3.32% -21.43%
Turnout 411,601
Republican hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b c http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/archives/2000s/2000/2000Prim/2000-PrimState.pdf
  2. ^
  3. ^ The Washington Post, June 24, 1999
  4. ^ Al Kamen, "Burns's A List: African Americans, Arabs", Washington Post, March 12, 1999.
  5. ^ a b c d Michael Barone, The Almanac of American Politics 2004, National Journal Group.
  6. ^ a b William Booth, "Mont. Rancher Mounts Brawny Challenge; Crusty GOP Incumbent Finds Race Tightening Against an Equally Rough-Hewn Opponent", Washington Post, October 31, 2000
  7. ^ Al Kamen, "Town Getting $ 11 Million in Salve From Burns", Washington Post, May 12, 2000.
  8. ^
Preceded by
1996
Montana U.S. Senate elections
2000
Succeeded by
2002
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