Montana Primary Facts and Figures

Montana's and South Dakota's primaries are the last of the election season.

By SHARE

Montana's primary is June 3, 2008.

Presidential Primary Winners

Democrats

  • 1988 Michael Dukakis
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry

Republicans

  • 1988 George H.W. Bush
  • 1992 George H.W. Bush
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 George W. Bush

Sources
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections
The Green Papers
New York Times
Federal Elections Commission

Voter Registration Data

71.4% of the 638,474 people registered to vote in Montana voted in the 2004 general election.

Source:Montana Secretary of State

General Election Winners

  • 1988 George H.W. Bush
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 George W. Bush

Sources:
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections
Montana Secretary of State

Exit Poll Demographics

2004 General Election

Gender

  • Male: 51%
  • Female: 49%

Race

  • White: 95%
  • African American: 2%
  • Latino: 1%

"Are you a white conservative Protestant?"

  • Yes: 20%
  • No: 80%

Source:
CNN

3 Things You Didn't Know About Montana Primaries and Elections

1. Since 2006, Montana has allowed residents to become permanent absentee voters by registering once. Before sending out ballots, the Montana elections office sends letters to absentee voters to verify their addresses.

2. In the past 40 years only one Democrat, Bill Clinton, has won the Montana presidential contest.

The total number of registered voters in Montana has almost tripled since the 1920 general election. In the 2004 general election there were 638,474 registered voters; only 261,257 were registered to vote in the general election of 1920. Over that same time span the percentage of registered voters who have cast ballots has fluctuated between 53 percent and 86.4 percent.

Sources
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections
Montana Secretary of State
Great Falls Tribune
(Montana)