Census could still deliver second U.S. House seat for Montana

A late push in U.S. Census responses has observers hopeful Montana could still be in the mix for a second U.S. House seat, despite a court-ordered pause of the count.

Montana reached the final days of the U.S. Census with 60.3% of its households responding by choice. U.S. Census workers pushed the number of homes that federal officials consider counted to 99.9%, although state officials say the response might actually be lower, in which case Montana won’t know for sure until year’s end.