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Primary Elections

E.J. Dionne Jr.: How GOP incumbent reached out to Democrats and won

WASHINGTON — “There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”

June 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Mississippi choose pork barrel over Tea Party

WASHINGTON — Chris McDaniel, 41, the flawed paladin of the Tea Party persuasion who in Mississippi's Republican Senate primary failed to wrest the nomination from the faltering hands of six-term incumbent Thad Cochran, 76, came into politics after a stint in talk radio. There practitioners d…

June 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.

May 28, 2014 10:05 pm Photos


E.J. Dionne Jr.: GOP agrees with Obama strategy, but blames him anyway

WASHINGTON — Certain political cliches cry out to join the list of the biggest lies in the world. Today's candidate: Partisan politics stops at the water's edge.

March 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: For substantial GOP candidates, deregulate campaign finance

WASHINGTON — Because of the grotesquely swollen place the presidency now occupies in the nation's governance and consciousness, we are never not preoccupied with presidential campaigning. The Constitution's Framers would be appalled.

March 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Panel hears Montana GOP plan for 'top 2' primary elections

Panel hears Montana GOP plan for 'top 2' primary elections

HELENA — Republicans bruising from defeat in last year's U.S. Senate race proposed Tuesday to reduce the number of candidates on the general election ballot.

February 19, 2013 11:35 am Related Loading…
Bill to combine school, state elections draws criticism

Bill to combine school, state elections draws criticism

HELENA — A move to combine primary elections with school elections drew support from some individuals Monday but met with strong opposition from school and election officials.

January 21, 2013 7:08 pm Photos


George McGovern, who lost 1972 presidential bid, dies at 90

George McGovern, who lost 1972 presidential bid, dies at 90

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — George McGovern once joked that he had wanted to run for president in the worst way — and that he had done so. It was a campaign in 1972 dishonored by Watergate, a scandal that fully unfurled too late to knock Republican President Richard M. Nixon from his place as a comm…

October 21, 2012 9:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama's more conservative on tax, health policy than Clinton was

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney was against Bill Clinton before he was for him.

May 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Santorum takes Kansas, Romney counters in Wyoming

WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses in a rout Saturday, and Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney countered in Wyoming, a weekend prelude to suddenly pivotal Southern primary showdowns in the week ahead.

March 10, 2012 6:05 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama's prospects improve while GOP race stays uncertain

WASHINGTON — If the election were held right now, President Barack Obama would likely win by about the same margin that propelled him into office in 2008. But how fragile are his current advantages?

February 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Voters soon will hear much more about Bain

Perhaps the most striking thing about the fight over Mitt Romney’s career in private equity is how little we know about it. Romney has based his campaign on his experience in private business — he talks about it much more than his time as governor of Massachusetts — and yet, unlike his gover…

January 18, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
GOP governor candidates all like their chances

GOP governor candidates all like their chances

There will be no political calculus in the 2012 Republican race for governor. That’s because a nine-way race in which each candidate claims an edge is all about geometry.

November 14, 2011 6:15 pmLoading…

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