AP: Zinke wins western House seat

Tom Kuglin Holly Michels

Republican Ryan Zinke will represent the newly drawn western congressional seat in Montana, according to a race call from the Associated Press.

Zinke beat Democratic challenger Monica Tranel, a Missoula lawyer, with 50% of the vote to Tranel’s 46%. Libertarian John Lamb, who saw an elevated role in the race, took 4% of the vote.

Ryan Zinke talks with supporters at his election night party in Whitefish on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Turnout in Montana was at 60% with nearly all votes counted by Thursday morning. Zinke’s margin over Tranel was 8,014 votes.

On Wednesday evening as more results came in from Flathead, Missoula and Gallatin counties, Zinke declared victory as the path for Tranel dramatically narrowed. Several large counties took much of Wednesday to complete their tallies, pushing the determination of the race to Thursday morning.

“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me on Election Day and all those who volunteered with our campaign to get the word out. For those of you who did not

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