2002 United States Senate election in Montana

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United States Senate election in Montana, 2002

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Nominee Max Baucus Mike Taylor
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 204,853 103,611
Percentage 62.7% 31.7%

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County results
Baucus:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Taylor:      40–50%      50–60%

U.S. Senator before election

Max Baucus

Elected U.S. Senator

Max Baucus

The 2002 United States Senate election in Montana was held on November 4, 2002. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Max Baucus won re-election to a fifth term.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic Party primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Max Baucus (incumbent) 66,713 100.00%
Total votes 66,713 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]



Republican Party primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Taylor 48,169 60.16%
Republican Brad Johnson 14,252 17.80%
Republican John McDonald 10,116 12.63%
Republican Melvin Hanson 7,536 9.41%
Total votes 80,073 100.00%

General election[edit]



The 2002 Montana elections got national attention when Baucus's opponent, state senator Mike Taylor, accused Baucus of having implied that Taylor was gay in a campaign ad. The ad was paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, though designed by the Baucus campaign. The ad, which alleged that Taylor had embezzled funds from the cosmetology school he once owned, showed footage from the early 1980s of Taylor massaging another man's face while wearing a tight suit with an open shirt. Taylor dropped out of the race and Baucus won with 63 percent of the vote.[3]



General election results[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Max Baucus (incumbent) 204,853 62.74% +13.18%
Republican Mike Taylor 103,611 31.73% -12.96%
Libertarian Stan Jones 10,420 3.19%
Green Bob Kelleher 7,653 2.34%
Majority 101,242 31.00% +26.14%
Turnout 326,537
Democratic hold Swing

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-02-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/archives/2000s/2002/2002-PrimState.pdf
  3. ^ Gransbery, Jim (October 10, 2002). "Taylor quits Senate race in Montana". Billings Gazette. Archived from the original on December 5, 2006. Retrieved January 5, 2007.
  4. ^ "2002 ELECTION STATISTICS". Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved April 12, 2012.