Most of the 7,100 absentee ballots cast in Ravalli County have been counted in early returns in the Primary Election June 7. We have unofficial numbers from the County Election Office.
On the Republican ballot, a race that will be decided in the primary is County Commission District 3, since there is no Democratic challenger in the November general election. In that race, the early leader is Sheriff Chris Hoffman with 3,321 to incumbent J.R. Iman with 1,432.
Other Republican races: Commission District 2 - Greg Chilcott 2,716 - Jay Blakslee 1,885State Rep. Dist. 85 - Theresa Manzella 739 - Scott Ralston 640Montana Governor - Greg Gianforte 3,085 - Terry Nelson 1,358U.S. President - Donald Trump 3,539 - Ted Cruz 465 - John Kasich 373 - Marco Rubio 141 - Jeb Bush 83 - No Preference 242.All other races unopposed.
Democratic races:State Senate 44 - James R. Olsen 518 - Lee Tickell 340Montana Governor - Steve Bullock 2,072 - Bill McChesney 183U.S.President - Hillary Clinton 1,131 - Bernie Sanders 1,109 - No preference 80All other races unopposed.
Countywide- Nonpartisan Issues:Ravalli County Museum 1-mill levy - In Favor 4,186 - Against 2,956Govt Review-Commissioners - For three 5,363 - For five 1,810Govt Review-Commissioners terms - Six years 1,997 - Four years - 5,186Gov Review-county elections - Partisan 4,571 - Non-partisan 2,502
Hamilton Govt Review:For Charter and Manager 347 - For existing council 286
All totals are unofficial and we'll update the numbers with votes from the polling places later tonight.