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Pondera County voter turnout was over 53 percent in the June 5 Primary Election. According to unofficial results, 1,930 of the 3,587 registered voters in the county exercised their right to vote.

 In the only contested county races, Republican county commissioner candidate Jim Morren was the overwhelming favorite and will advance to the General Election in November. 

Morren received 677 votes, winning over fellow Republicans Jeff Pruttis (494) and Chris Graham (227). 

In the non-partisan Justice of the Peace race, Lourdes Russell and Cody J. Shaw will face-off in the General Election.

They were the top two vote-getters with 707 and 630 votes, respectively. The other candidate, Kacia V. Taylor, received 412 votes.

In the Senate District 9 race, Bruce “Butch” Gillespie was not only the favorite over Charles “Charlie” Brown in Pondera County but also throughout the rest of the counties in Senate District 9. Gillespie received a total of 2,538 votes to Brown’s 1,156. 

Originally the unofficial results on the Secretary of State website had Brown winning the race due to an error in reporting by Glacier County election officials.

In the House District 17 race, incumbent Ross H. Fitzgerald earned the nod from Republican voters with 471 votes in Pondera County. His opponent, Andrew W. Watson, received 125 votes. Fitzgerald was the easy winner once all votes in his district were counted by a landslide margin, 1,618 to Watson’s 516 votes.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, there were 1,854 voters who requested absentee ballots and 1,336 voters returned them by the time the polls closed at 8 p.m. on June 5.

To see how Pondera County voters cast their votes in the state and federal 

elections, see: http://mtelectionresults.

gov/ResultsSW.aspx?type=CTYALL&cty=37&map=CTY

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