MONTANA AG RACE UPDATE: Democratic AG Candidates Outraise Republican AG Candidates for 2nd Quarter in a Row

January 10, 2020

Democratic AG Candidates Raph Graybill and State Representative Kim Dudik Beat Republican AG Candidates in Q3 & Q4 Fundraising; Montana AG Seat Ready to Flip Back to Blue

For the second quarter in a row, the Democratic candidates running for Montana’s open state Attorney General seat collectively outraised the Republican candidates, signaling a Democratic flip opportunity in the battleground state.

According to Montana campaign finance reports, Raph Graybill, who currently serves as Governor Bullock’s Chief Legal Counsel, and Montana State Representative Kimberly Dudik together raised over $40,000 more than Republican candidates across Q3 and Q4.

While the AG seat in Montana has been in Republican control since 2012, voters have a history of electing Democrats statewide. These latest fundraising numbers show Montana is going to be a real fight—and Democrats are building momentum. In October of 2019, The Cook Political Report called the Montana open seat race one of “the most competitive contests” in 2020.

With the primary under six months away, the Democratic Attorneys General Association is preparing to fight tooth and nail to flip the Montana AG seat blue.

BACKGROUND:

  • In 2016, a combined $400,000 was raised by the Republican and Democratic AG candidates.
  • Montana’s campaign finance laws are some of the strictest in the country, limiting donations to $360 per individual per election and prohibiting direct corporate or union contributions to candidates.
  • The primary election in Montana is June 2, 2020.