Montana’s 2020 governor’s race: Buckle up

BILLINGS – It’s not an election year in Montana, but it didn’t take long for politics to take center stage in Helena.

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock can’t run again after finishing his second term next year, which leaves the race for governor wide open.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton surprised everyone when he announced on Jan. 2 his intentions to run.

Stapleton’s announcement, posted on his official state website, made him the first candidate to jump into what promises to be a crowded primary for the state’s top political job.