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January 9, 2014
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McCulloch Says 2014 Candidate Filing Successful; Releases "Opening Day" Statistics

HELENA, MT – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch reports strong turnout from candidates on the opening day of candidate filing for the 2014 elections. Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., 139 candidates filed their paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office. Additional statistics are included below.

"We had a record year, when you consider comparable elections," Secretary McCulloch said. "Candidates are running right out of the gate, and if the energy lasts all season, it's going to be an exciting election year."

2014 Candidate Filing Statistics
*Opening Day: January 9, 2014
*Filings from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Online candidate filing will continue 24/7

Opening Day Filings: 139
*Previous opening day totals: 155 in 2012, 106 in 2010
Total Online Filings: 68
Total Paper Filings: 71

Opening Day Legislative Filings: 132
*Previous opening day total: 126 in 2012
Total Online Filings: 63
Total Paper Filings: 69

Opening Day Non-Legislative Filings: 7
*Previous opening day total: 29 in 2012
Total Online Filings: 5
Total Paper Filings: 2

Legislative Filings by Party
Democratic Party Filings: 55
Republican Party Filings: 77
Libertarian Party Filings: 0
*Qualified political parties in Montana: Democratic Party, Libertarian Party, Republican Party
*No candidates filed as an Independent or Minor Party candidate.

United States Senator Filings: 0
United States Senator Democrat Filings: 0
United States Senator Republican Filings: 0
United States Senator Libertarian Filings: 0

United States Representative Filings: 1
United States Representative Democrat Filings: 0
United States Representative Republican Filings: 1
United States Representative Libertarian Filings: 0

Public Service Commissioner Filings: 1
Public Service Commissioner Democrat Filings: 0
Public Service Commissioner Republican Filings: 1
Public Service Commissioner Libertarian Filings: 0

Nonpartisan Office Filings: 5
(District Court Judge)

*2014 candidate filing runs from 8:00 a.m. on January 9 through 5:00 p.m. on March 10. Candidate filing for Independent, Minor Party, or Indigent candidates closes June 2. Petition signatures for applicable candidates are due to county election offices on May 27.

*The 2014 candidate list is updated as filings are processed. It can be accessed online at sos.mt.gov

*Candidates for local offices file with the county election office. Local office candidate filings are not included in the above totals.