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Trump-Backed Montana Candidate Waiting For Ballots To Be Hand Counted Due To Error

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Here we go again with the mail-in ballots. Is it me, or does this nonsense only happen with Trump-endorsed candidates? We just went through a ballot issue in Pennslyvania between Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick before Oz was finally declared the winner nearly one week after the polls closed.

We’re now dealing with another issue in Montana with Trump-backed Ryan Zinke who is currently in the lead by nearly 2% from Tuesday’s primary race against Al Olszewski. So what’s the hold up exactly? “Wrong sized ballots” is what seems to be the problem.

The trouble in Lincoln County stemmed from a vendor printing the ballots on the wrong-sized paper, meaning they could not be run through a machine tabulator, the secretary of state’s office said Wednesday. By law, ballots have to either all be counted by machine or all be counted by hand, spokesperson Richie Melby said.

Ballot printing errors have delayed election results for Montana’s new congressional seat, forcing a small northwestern county to count votes by hand. If you were paying attention to the Montana House 1 election last night you would have noticed that the votes came to a screeching halt just after 50% of the votes were counted. I’ve been keeping an eye on the race all day, and we’re now stuck at 95% of the votes in with Zinke leading Olszewski by 1,181 votes, or 1.5 percentage points, out of 80,194 votes counted, as of 3:30 p.m. local time Wednesday. Not much has changed since and it’s 10:30 now here on the east coast.

If Zinke wins the race which it’s looking that it may be the case, Donald Trump would have gone 6/6 in Tuesday’s primary proving once again that he’s still got it. Winners included Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa, U.S. Rep Ashley Hinson of Iowa, and U.S. Rep Kevin McCarthy of California.

Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder Robin Benson said in a statement that the hand count was expected to take two to three days. Election officials started counting ballots on Tuesday.

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