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HELENA - Early results show a close race for president in Montana, a state that has voted Democratic only two times since 1948.

Nationally, Democrat Barack Obama was declared the winner.

In Montana, with 7 percent of precincts reporting, Obama was leading Republican John McCain, 54 percent to 44 percent. Third-party candidate Ron Paul was drawing 2 percent of the vote.

Obama showered unprecedented attention on Montana during the campaign - visiting five times, opening 19 campaign offices, recruiting thousands of volunteers and airing several TV ads.

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McCain relied largely on state Republicans to share his message.

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