States & Candidates

States can change the direction of our country.

Montana

2020 Overview

2020 was Future Now Fund’s first election cycle in Montana, and we were one of the only national groups providing support to ensure effective campaigns, and bringing national attention to the opportunities for state lawmakers working to improve lives.

While we did not pick up any seats, seven of our endorsees lost by razor-thin margins.

The average Montana House district has just 6,000 voters, and the results in tiny Montana districts were disappointing. National trends, including the reduction in ticket-splitting, limits on door-knocking for those who believed that COVID risks are legitimate, and significant turnout increases in conservative areas, all played a role in the final result. 

2020 Election Highlights

  • Seven FNF-endorsed women candidates – Barbara Bessette, Helena Lovick, Krystal Steinmetz, Jade Bahr, Anne Giuliano, Loni Conley, and Margie McDonald –  had their races determined by about 300 votes or less; fewer than the number of votes that an aggressive candidate door-knocking program can overcome, outside of a pandemic.
  • We see opportunities in those narrow losses, especially in a future year when it’s safe to knock on doors and connect with voters again face-to-face. Some of the candidates we supported see these opportunities and have already indicated that they will be running again.