State Bureau reporter for Lee Newspapers of Montana.
The contest is between Democrat Raph Graybill and Republican Austin Knudsen.
Helena union president DeDe Rhodes described the turmoil surrounding the Postal Service as frustrating, but that workers in Helena have continued to pull overtime and mail has not backed up. She was confident of their ability to handle mailed ballots.
Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton certified the November general election ballot late Thursday night, with an asterisk noting that he was prohibited from including the Green Party after an order from the state Supreme Court.
Democratic governor candidate Mike Cooney reported raising $725,000 over the last two months, while Republican candidate Greg Gianforte brought in $1.58 million over the period, though that figure included $1 million in loans from the candidate.
Secretary of State Corey Stapleton said he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision removing the Green Party from the ballot.
An additional five deaths were also reported by the state, for a total of 89 Montanans who have died from COVID-19 this year.
Both the state Supreme Court and U.S. District Court in Helena issued orders Wednesday that the Green Party will remain off the ballot in Montana for this election.
Montana will soon start making additional $400 weekly unemployment payments, retroactive to Aug. 1, for those who qualify.