Flathead voters fill polling places in strong Tuesday turnout

Advocates of candidates and causes were plentiful outside one polling place in Kalispell on Tuesday. (David Reese/Missoula Current)

In Tuesday’s primary election, Flathead County had one of the highest voter turnouts among Montana’s highest-populated counties.

The county saw 41 percent voter participation, with 27,452 residents casting ballots out of 66,529 registered voters, according to the Montana Secretary of State. Of those ballots, 13,000 were absentee.

Flathead County turned out in force for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Al Olszewski, a Kalispell physician, who garnered 8,379 votes in Flathead County.

Here, race by race, are the county’s election results:

U.S. SENATE

Jon Tester 7,770

Tim Adams 55

Steve Kelly 94

Troy Downing 3,342

Russ Fagg 1,591

Al Olszewski 8,379

Matt Rosendale 5,058

TOTAL 18,370

U.S. HOUSE

John Heenan 1,765

Grant Kier 2,329

John Meyer 174

Lynda Moss 323

Jared Pettinato 469

Kathleen Williams 2,349

Doug Campbell 138

Greg Gianforte 15,917

TOTAL 7,409

FLATHEAD COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Randy Brodehl 5,471

Gary Krueger 3,543

Gerald Scott 5,310

Ronalee Skees 3,288

TOTAL 17,612

FLATHEAD COUNTY SHERIFF

Cal Beringer 2,989

Brian Heino 8,888

Keith Stahlberg 3,006

Jordan White 3,468

TOTAL 18,351

EGAN SLOUGH ZONING INITIATIVE 17-01

FOR 17,527

AGAINST 7,552

TOTAL 25,079