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HELENA - The presidential race isn't the only one on Tuesday's primary ballot.

Here's a look at some of the other contested primary races for statewide office:

Gov. Brian Schweitzer has two primary challengers in the Democratic race for governor, Bill Fischer, a Lakeside excavator and logger, and Don Pogreba, a Helena teacher. Neither has mounted an aggressive challenge or raised much money.

Likewise, state Sen. Roy Brown of Billings, the likely Republican nominee for governor, has faced a minor challenge from Larry H. Steele of Great Falls.

In the five-way Republican primary to see who faces Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus in the fall, two Billings Republicans, Kirk Bushman, an industrial facilities designer, and state Rep. Michael Lange, a plumber and pipe fitter, have campaigned the most aggressively. Others running are: Anton Fisher, a trucker-rancher from St. Regis, Bob Kelleher, a Butte lawyer and perennial candidate, and Patti Lovaas, a Missoula accountant.

Three Democrats are vying to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg this fall. Jim Hunt, a Helena lawyer, has raised more money than his opponents, Bob Candee, a Richey farmer-rancher, and former Public Service Commissioner John Driscoll of Helena.

Both parties have lively races for attorney general. Lee Bruner of Butte and Tim Fox of Helena are vying for he Republican nomination. The Democratic side pits Steve Bullock of Helena, state Rep. John Parker of Great Falls and former state Sen. Mike Wheat of Bozeman.

The only other statewide contested primary is in the Democratic race for superintendent of public instruction. Seeking the Democratic nomination are: Denise Juneau of Helena, director of Indian education at the Office of Public Instruction; state Sen. Sam Kitzenberg of Glasgow; Claudette Morton, a longtime educator from Helena; and state Rep. Holly Raser of Missoula.

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