1996 United States Senate election in Montana
The 1996 United States Senate election in Montana took place on November 5, 1996. Incumbent United States Senator Max Baucus, who was first elected in 1978 and was re-elected in 1984 and 1990, ran for re-election. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and moved on to the general election, where he faced a stiff challenge in Denny Rehberg, the Lieutenant Governor of Montana and the Republican nominee. Despite Bob Dole's victory over Bill Clinton and Ross Perot in the state that year in the presidential election, Baucus managed to narrowly win re-election over Rehberg to secure a fourth term in the Senate.
Baucus: 40–50% 50–60% 60–70% 70–80%
Rehberg: 40–50% 50–60% 60–70% 70–80%
|Democratic||Max Baucus (incumbent)||85,976||100.00%|
- Becky Shaw
- Webb Sullivan
- Denny Rehberg, Lieutenant Governor of Montana
- Ed Borcherdt, businessman
- John K. McDonald, former State Senator
|Republican||John K. McDonald||14,485||13.01%|
|Democratic||Max Baucus (incumbent)||201,935||49.56%||-18.57%|
|Natural Law||Stephen Heaton||4,168||1.02%|
- "1996 Statewide Primary Canvass - June 4, 1996" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 28, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
- "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 5, 1996" (PDF). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved July 3, 2014.