HELENA — Democrat Steve Bullock has won the election for Montana governor over Republican Rick Hill.
The first-term attorney general will replace term-limited Brian Schweitzer and secures the governor’s office for the Democrats.
Bullock ran on promising to build on Schweitzer’s success in state surpluses and a relatively strong economy as the nation struggles to emerge from the Great Recession.
The close race took on an edge in the final weeks when Bullock sued Hill for the return of a $500,000 campaign contribution from the Montana Republican Party. Hill got the donation after a judge threw out the state’s campaign contribution limits.