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18-month-old Penelope Casale of Hamilton seemed interested in the voting process at the Hamilton High School polls in 2018.

Two national Democratic political groups have targeted Montana races up for grabs in the 2020 election.

The seat is held by U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican who is not seeking reelection to Congress because he is running for governor, as he did previously in 2016.

Democrat Kathleen Williams is most widely recognized Democrat running for the seat. She lost to Gianforte by 5 points in 2018.

Other Democrats running include state Rep. Tom Winter, of Missoula, and Matthew Rains, a rancher from Simms

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The Williams campaign released a statement last week praising the endorsement.

"I'm proud that people are taking notice of the strength of our grassroots campaign to fix Congress,” Williams said.

On Thursday, the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State announced Montana is one of five states it is targeting to flip from Republican to Democrat.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, a Republican, is not seeking reelection and instead is running for U.S. House in 2020. Two Republicans have announced they are seeking the open seat — state Senate President Scott Sales, of Bozeman, and state Rep. Forrest Mandeville, of Columbus.

The only Democrat running at this point is state Sen. Bryce Bennett, of Missoula.

The other states being targeted are Missouri, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia.

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