Democratic incumbent Kimberly Dudik looks as though she retained her seat in Montana House District 94, winning the race over Republican challenger Lance Cox.
Dudik had 2,643 votes to Cox’s 2,220, a 54-45 percent majority with all precincts reporting on Wednesday.
Dudik is now a third-term legislator.
“The race was interesting,” she said. “It reflects that there is a red surge throughout the nation and even in our state. It really affected a lot of races but some much more so. As far as my race goes, it’s such an honor to represent people in our state and it’s an honor to work to make our state better. I think I have worked really well across the aisle, and I want to continue that.”
Dudik said her main priorities will be reforming the public defender system and criminal justice reform. She has served on several subcommittees and brought forth several bills on those issues in the past.
She added that she wants to make sure Montanans' voices are heard nationally.
“I am concerned with ensuring that our rights in Montana are not infringed upon with federal overreach, especially the way the federal election went,” she said. “I want to make sure our rights are entrenched and highlighted. We want to protect what makes Montana unique and what makes Montana special.”