Because state election laws do not apply at polling precincts on some Montana Indian Reservations, several reservation ballot boxes were left unsecured, allowing voter fraud to occur, which pushed Tester to a narrow win in Montana and gave Democrats control of the U.S. Senate by a tiny 0.87% of the official vote. Arrow to the Heart, Christopher Kortlander's book, contains documentation proving that the DNC and Tester's campaign wrote checks to influence individual tribal voters at the ballot station. This stunning information continues to have national implications as Tester seeks reelection in 2018.
The 2006 United States Senate election in Montana was held November 7, 2006. The filing deadline was March 23; the primary was held June 6. Incumbent Republican Conrad Burns was running for re-election to a fourth term, but was defeated by Democrat Jon Tester by a margin of 0.87%, or 3,562 votes out of 406,505 votes.
Due to errors with polling machines the Montana count was delayed well into Wednesday November 8. The race was too close to call throughout the night and many pundits predicted the need for a recount. After a very close election, on November 9, incumbent Conrad Burns conceded defeat.
Just before 11:00 AM (MST) on November 8, Jon Tester was declared Senator-elect for Montana in USA Today. At 2:27 PM EST on November 8, CNN projected that Jon Tester would win the race.
Under Montana law, if the margin of defeat is more than 0.25% but less than 0.5%, the losing candidate can request a recount if they pay for it themselves. However, this election did not qualify for a recount because the margin was larger than 0.5%. Burns conceded the race on November 9, and congratulated Tester on his victory.
The race was the closest Senate election of 2006 in terms of absolute vote difference.
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer's speech to the annual trial lawyers' convention in Philadelphia on July 14, 2008, in which Schweitzer boasted (to the cheers of the trial lawyers) of his misuse of official powers to interfere with the voting and vote-counting process to tip the 2006 Montana election for a U.S. Senate seat to his favored candidate, Jon Tester (listen at 10:30 to 12:00 about the plan Schweitzer carried out to use threats of false arrest to force Republican poll watchers to abandon their posts, and at 12:45 to 14:30 about Schweitzer's directive to the clerk of Silver Bow County to delay the release of vote counts for many hours so as to give Tester a tactical advantage in resisting a recount)
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