Update: This post has been updated.
Democrat Steve Bullock won Montana’s race for Governor. The current results had Bullock winning with 54.9 percent, with Republican Greg Gianforte behind with 42.3 percent. Real Clear Politics slated the state to lean left, with Bullock up by 12 points.
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Governor races are not isolated state-by-state issues. They are important for the performance of the parties in other races. The governor either stands or gives up in protecting states’ rights against federal overreach. NPR’s Jessica Taylor points out that, “some of the biggest policy battles in the country this year have originated on a state, not a federal, level. From environmental concerns to religious freedom laws to school choice to social issues and more, governors will be on those frontlines.”