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Republican leaders: Closing primaries will wait

Published On: Jun 26 2014 01:45:51 PM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

A conservative Republican who sponsored a successful resolution to close primary elections to nonparty members during last week's convention wants a federal lawsuit filed now to get the process underway.
However, party leaders said Wednesday they have no timeline and haven't decided how they'll proceed.
That isn't sitting well with resolution sponsor and House District 69 candidate Matthew Monforton. He says moderate party leaders are stalling because closed primaries threaten their chances for election.
Montana Republican Party Executive Director Bowen Greenwood said party leaders are looking at options, but said the party is focused on the Nov. 4 general election. He said he wouldn't recommend any action before that.
Conservatives have claimed there were indications that Democrats crossed over to vote for more moderate candidates in some Republican primaries.