On December 17, a lower Montana state court ruled that Rick Jore is the new Montana State Representative from the 12th district. Rick Jore is the Constitution Party nominee, and he becomes the first state legislator in the nation to be elected under the Constitution Party label.
The court ruled that the election results, as tabulated in the recount, are correct. The recount showed that Jore and his Democratic opponent tied. Under Montana law, a tie vote for state legislature gives the Governor the right to appoint, and Montana’s outgoing Republican Governor had appointed Jore to the seat a few days earlier, since the recount had shown a tie. Jore’s Democratic opponent filed a lawsuit to overturn the results of the recount, but her lawsuit did not succeed.