Trump carried Montana by 20 points; Thursday’s vote, for the western state’s sole seat in the House of Representatives, will be a nail-biter. “In Montana Race, a Republican Is Following the Trump Playbook”. But Republicans and Democrats alike are having a hard time figuring out exactly what they’re for. After running away from Trump last fall – which some Republicans say contributed to his loss – Gianforte has campaigned with Donald Trump, Jr., Vice President Pence, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who held the seat until his appointment in the Trump administration.
It’s not as though President Donald Trump isn’t a factor; that would be like ignoring the sun during a heat wave.
Campus political groups are supporting their preferred congressional candidates across the country to try to maximize their impact on the political environment. The Progressive Turnout Project, for example, has spent $14,825 on employees to get out the vote for 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.
Last week, in an interview with MTN News, Gianforte said he would have voted against the bill, because he’s not convinced it would fulfill three goals he requires for any ACA repeal: It must protect people with pre-existing health conditions, preserve rural access to health care and bring down health-care premiums. One rural precinct near Swan Lake voted for Trump by nearly 60 percentage points.
“Every time someone raises money from outside (the) district, that does affect some voters, but not very many”, Schneider said.
“We are receiving a number of phone calls in our home, polling, in our home”, Wilson said. “We need someone who’s going to represent the rest of us”.
It didn’t long for Vermont Sen.
That amount could not be immediately verified because it had not yet been reported to the Federal Elections Commission.
“Gianforte has an edge, but it’s not going to be a slam dunk”, said one national GOP strategist. He received $1 million in just five days, his campaign announced this week.
VICTOR- On Thursday, the political world will eagerly look to Montana and a closely fought congressional race for the latest test of Democratic strength and Republican resilience in the turbulent age of Trump.
Strategists in both parties say President Trump’s dismal national standing isn’t the driving factor in the Montana race.. “No question about it, they definitely ought to be concerned”, the conservative said. “So there’s a lot of money to be given”.
Campaign spending ahead of Thursday’s special election to fill Montana’s only U.S. House seat is already at record levels, with at least $17 million raised.
Libertarian Mark Wicks has yet to file a fundraising report with the FEC.
Congressional Leadership, the super PAC backed by House GOP leadership, has been the biggest spender in this race, dropping about $2.7 million.
Certainly, this source and others argued, for all the warning signs, the Democrats do need to win either Montana or Georgia in order to credibly claim a coming wave election, as Republicans did in special elections like that of former Sen.
I’ll have more on this a little later today: “The Supreme Court ruled Monday that racial considerations pervaded the way North Carolina lawmakers drew congressional maps after the 2010 Census in order to maximize Republicans’ advantage”.
Democratic candidate Rob Quist will be in Billings on Tuesday to campaign.