Sanders fires up Butte crowd at Quist rally

  • Sanders fires up Butte crowd at Quist rally

Sanders fires up Butte crowd at Quist rally

The online headline added: "What Scandal?" Montana is decidedly Republican, but key races can go two ways, as the governor's race showed. But even with chances to criticize Trump so abundant, some Democrats are concerned about repeating their 2016 mistakes by not reaching voters on issues that impact them.

A multimillionaire with an East Coast education stepped off a campaign jet here recently and took jabs at reporters, pledged to "drain the swamp" and drowned his opponent in insults and punch lines. Zinke's seat will be filled in a special election Thursday by either Republican Greg Gianforte, Democrat Rob Quist or Libertarian Mark Wicks. But if it wasn't immediately obvious where he took his political inspiration, Mr. Gianforte spelled it out in five gold-plated letters.

"Hi, this is President Donald Trump, and I know what the people of Montana really want and really care about: lower taxes, good paying jobs, secure borders - and we've done a great job on those borders - and protecting your God-given right to bear arms, your Second Amendment", he says in a recording of the robocall obtained by CNN.

Mr. Gianforte's critics are already going after his supposed Russia ties - he holds about $250,000 in funds that include shares in Russian companies.

The similarities have struck a chord with Montanans. "I think Greg's going to win it", Sen. "He's outspoken. He's not a politician". But the overwhelming majority of outside spending in this race has been for Gianforte and against Quist. "Depending on the demographics, it might be all they have to do", the strategist said. While Democrats do win in Montana, it is considered a very red state. But we believe that Montana voters will reject all of the money coming into the race. "Why is it they take advantage of that enthusiasm for the objective of fundraising, but don't seem to have the same enthusiasm for turning these people out to vote?"

A more recent survey suggested that the race may be tightening.

Montana is one of the most dependent states on federal money, partly because about 50 percent of Montana is public land. But the candidate has said publicly that he would have voted against the legislation because it lacked clear data about its impact.

Gianforte says there's one aspect of the bill he likes: It gives states more flexibility to design their own variations on the aforementioned coverage rules. A new plan could shutter hospitals in places where the medical center buoys both health and the local economy.

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. Both parties consider it highly competitive, with the folk-singer Quist making a late charge that has Republicans anxious that, at minimum, he's made the race too close for comfort.

Quist is a first-time candidate; Gianforte is a failed gubernatorial candidate. Gianforte raised about $3.5 million, including a $1 million loan from himself, and the GOP Congressional Leadership Super PAC has spent $2.5 million in support of him. Bernie Sanders, who campaigned with Quist over the weekend, makes him "too liberal" for Montana.

Don't tell them about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi!