Western U.S. House race draws close as more results trickle in

Tom Kuglin Holly Michels

This story will be updated with additional results as they come in Wednesday morning.

At 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, about 5,384 votes gave Republican Ryan Zinke the lead over Democrat Monica Tranel in the race to represent Montana’s newly drawn western U.S. House seat, with votes still left to count.

Zinke held 105,002 votes to Tranel’s 99,618 and Libertarian John Lamb had 8,155.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. and results were slow to trickle in as larger counties in the state reported long lines of people waiting to vote late in the day and a few issues with counting ballots.

Monica Tranel greets supporters at the Union Club in Missoula on Tuesday night.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian

By early Wednesday morning, Tranel had secured Missoula, Gallatin, Silver Bow, Deer Lodge and Glacier counties. Zinke took Flathead, Lake, Ravalli, Beaverhead, Granite, Lincoln, Madison, Mineral, Pondera, Powell and Sanders counties.

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