25 May, 2017
The campaign of Republican Greg Gianforte, by contrast, is more notional, relying on few public appearances, a carpet-bombing of anti-Quist TV ads and Montana's history the past two decades of sending Republicans to fill the state's lone House seat in Washington.
Democrat Rob Quist, a folk singer and first-time candidate, has raised more than $6 million for his campaign, including $1 million in the past week alone as energized Democratic donors pour online cash into political causes this year. "There is a slight advantage, based historically, that there has been more "republican" ballots returned, but there is technically no republican ballot and, as you know, Montana is fiercely independent an people will vote fore whomever they want".
What's more, during the Democratic primary, Sanders trumped his opponent Hillary Clinton 51.6 percent to 44.2 percent. But Republicans and Democrats alike believe this election could be different.
This is occurring against a backdrop in which, as Nathan L. Gonzalez of Roll explains, Republican congressional candidates are more vulnerable than ever before.
Mr. Gianforte billed himself as a Trump acolyte who will repeal Obamacare, slash spending and open development on the state's public lands.
Both parties' candidates have embraced some national figures to boost their turnout.
The outcome depends to some extent on how Montanans view the turmoil created by Trump as revelations appear in the media practically every day about his connections to Russian oligarchs, divulging of highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, and a series of stumbles on policy and personnel.
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"I think you have to hand it to the handlers that are running the Quist campaign".
Gianforte faces off against Democrat Rob Quist on Thursday. "Quist has been talking a whole lot about that and I suspect that's pretty unpopular in Montana". "In the greatest country on earth, people should not have to declare bankruptcy just because they have a health care issue".
"The environmentals are going to change so many times between now and 2018, to draw conclusions today from it would be a mistake", the Republican said.
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National strategists are also paying close attention because the results could signal whether support for Trump is already waning in traditional conservative territory, or holding steady. "The story of this race doesn't have anything to do with Trump..."
But Democrats aren't over the moon with Quist. SC is nearly certainly going to go Republican, with the result that the Democratic National Committee is focusing more resources on the Georgia and Montana battles.
Quist, the Creston singer-songwriter, has mounted a strong challenge against Gianforte, the wealthy tech entrepreneur from Bozeman who gained statewide recognition during his unsuccessful bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock past year.
"Rob has a insane idea", Sanders continued.