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Kathleen Williams wins Democratic House primary

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Kathleen Williams has won the Democratic primary in the race for Montana's U.S. House seat.

The 57-year-old Williams defeated four other candidates in Tuesday's election and will face the Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, in the fall.

Williams is a former state lawmaker who wasn't among the top candidates when it came to fundraising, but she noted that it has been a strong year for women running for office.

If she's victorious in November, she would become Montana's first congresswoman since Jeannette Rankin won the seat in 1941.

Williams calls herself a progressive who also has ties to the business community and the agriculture industry. Her campaign has focused on improving health care and increasing gun restrictions after recent school shootings.

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