HELENA — Montana voters, undeterred by Hillary Clinton becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, threw their support behind Bernie Sanders on Tuesday.
Montana also boosted Donald Trump's lock on the Republican presidential nomination, while Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and his GOP rival, Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte, easily defeated token opponents in their primary elections.
Defiant Sanders supporters dismissed an Associated Press count that showed Clinton secured the delegates needed for the nomination Monday. Clinton built on that momentum Tuesday with election victories in other states.
Wait for the official tally at next month's Democratic National Convention, Sanders backers said.
"Maybe there will be some kind of major eruption at the convention," said Bob Filipovich of Helena, who voted for Sanders. "It's not out of the realm of possibility."
While Sanders won the popular vote, he won't take all the state's 21 pledged delegates, who will be proportionally divided between the candidates based on the final results.
Trump, on the other hand, will add 27 Montana delegates to his total.
Kendra Daniel said she was eager to vote for Trump even though he became the presumptive GOP nominee weeks ago. Trump says a lot of things people are thinking, she said.
"I know there's a lot of controversy around him over the election this year, but I'm excited to get out there and vote for him," she said.
Some voters expressed disappointment with the options on both sides of the ballot in the presidential race. Natalie Clark of East Helena said she doesn't like Trump's attitude or how demeaning he is of some people, but she voted for him anyway.
"Everyone else was out of the running, weren't they?" she said.
State Republican leaders, while not as quick to warm up to the bombastic Trump, urged the GOP faithful to back him as a better candidate than Clinton.
Gianforte is the latest high-profile Republican leader to publicly support Trump.
"We have a contrast of extremes," Gianforte said Monday. "Up until this point, it's really energized the electorate, and I think it's going to cause more people to turn out in November."
Gianforte and Bullock easily defeated their opponents in the gubernatorial primary elections. Democrat Bill McChesney and Republican Terry Nelson filed for office just before the deadline to do so, and they had not raised any significant funds or spent much time campaigning.
But their presence allowed Bullock and Gianforte to effectively double their fundraising. Under state law, candidates who have no primary opponents must return the contributions earmarked for that election.
Bullock and Gianforte have been amassing campaign funds in anticipation of a tough general election campaign that will also include Libertarian candidate Ted Dunlap.
Montana's primary also decided or confirmed the party nominees for U.S. House, four statewide offices, three Public Service Commission spots and a slate of legislative seats. Three of the seven state Supreme Court positions are also up for election, though only one is contested.
The real contests were being fought in the state House and Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans. An ongoing ideological split between moderate and conservative factions of the Republican Party has resulted in challenges against several incumbents that could determine the direction of the Legislature when it convenes in January.
State Republican Party Chairman Jeff Essmann acknowledged the rift but said there is a long period between the primary and general election to unify the party.
Democrats also had several contested legislative primaries. But Montana Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Keenan said those races weren't as acrimonious as the Republican elections.
Voter turnout is typically low for primary elections in Montana, even in a presidential race. Over the past four presidential primaries, an average of 38 percent of Montanans registered to vote actually did.