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Montana gubernatorial election, 2008

Montana gubernatorial election, 2008

November 4, 2008

Nominee Brian Schweitzer Roy Brown
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate John Bohlinger Steve Daines
Popular vote 318,670 158,268
Percentage 65.47% 32.52%

County Results

Governor before election

Brian Schweitzer

Elected Governor

Brian Schweitzer

The 2008 Montana gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 2008 to elect the governor and lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Montana. Incumbent governor Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who was elected to his first four-year term in 2004, was elected to a second term with 65.5 per cent of the vote. John Bohlinger, a Republican and the incumbent lieutenant governor, was once again Schweitzer's running mate, and was re-elected to a second term. The Republican nominee was Roy Brown, a member of the Montana Senate. Brown's running mate was businessman Steve Daines.


  • Democratic primary 1
    • Candidates 1.1
    • Results 1.2
  • Republican primary 2
    • Candidates 2.1
    • Primary results 2.2
  • Libertarian primary 3
    • Candidates 3.1
  • General election 4
    • Polling 4.1
    • Results 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Democratic primary



Democratic Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brian Schweitzer (inc.) 159,820 91.30%
Democratic William Fischer 9,865 5.64%
Democratic Donald Pogreba 5,358 3.06%
Totals 175,043 100.00%

Republican primary


Primary results

Republican Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roy Brown 65,883 80.81%
Republican Larry Steele 15,643 19.19%
Totals 81,526 100.00%

Libertarian primary


General election


Poll source Dates administered Brian Schweitzer Roy Brown Stan Jones
Public Policy Polling November 2, 2008 62% 36%
Rasmussen Reports October 1, 2008 56% 41%
Rasmussen Reports July 29, 2008 56% 32% 3%
Rasmussen Reports June 30, 2008 61% 32% 3%
Mason Dixon/Lee Newspapers May 19–21, 2008 55% 30%
Mason Dixon/Lee Newspapers December 17–19, 2007 55% 30%


Montana gubernatorial election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Brian Schweitzer (inc.) 318,670 65.47% +15.04%
Republican Roy Brown 158,268 32.52% -13.50%
Libertarian Stan Jones 9,796 2.01% +0.35%
Majority 160,402 32.95% +28.54%
Turnout 486,734
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ a b "2008 Statewide Primary Canvass - June 3rd, 2008". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2008 Statewide General Canvass - November 4th, 2008". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 

External links

  • Montana Governor race from
  • Campaign contributions from Follow the Money
  • Brown (R) vs Schweitzer (D-i) graph of collected poll results from
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