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Montana Supreme Court breaks tie vote in state election

[JURIST] The Montana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Democratic candidate Jeanne Windham was the winner of a contested seat in the Montana House of Representatives. After a recount revealed both Windham and her Constitution Party opponent Rick Jore received 1,559 votes, Governor Judy Martz was charged with the duty of breaking the tie. She appointed Jore, which resulted in Republican control of the state House of Representatives. However, after Windham appealed the governor's decision, the state's highest court found three of the votes for Jore were unclear, and threw them out. The New York Times has more.

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