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Wed May 24, 2017, 09:55 AM

Republicans: Montana special election 'closer than it should be'

It's the latest example of a tight race in a traditional GOP stronghold.

By ELENA SCHNEIDER and GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI 05/24/2017 05:17 AM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Republican Greg Gianforte’s closing motivational speech to voters ahead of Thursday’s special House election in Montana is the same thing GOP strategists are whispering in private: “This race is closer than it should be.”

It’s a recurring nightmare of a pattern for Republicans around the country, as traditional GOP strongholds prove more difficult and expensive for the party to hold than it ever anticipated when President Donald Trump plucked House members like Ryan Zinke, the former Montana Republican now running the Interior Department, for his Cabinet. Gianforte is still favored to keep the seat red, but a state Trump carried by 20 percentage points last year became a battleground in the past few months.

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. Quist hopes that enthusiasm also contributes to an outsize turnout — as it did in special elections in Kansas and Georgia earlier this year — for the oddly scheduled Thursday election, happening just before a holiday weekend.

"I remember talking to people when it first started who said this was a slam dunk, Gianforte’s it. And it’s not there anymore,” said Jim Larson, the Montana Democratic Party chairman. “It is a lot closer than people ever thought it would be.”

Gianforte, a technology executive, has led consistently in polls for the special election, but Quist has narrowed that lead to single digits in recent weeks, according to private surveys. “Gianforte has an edge, but it’s not going to be a slam dunk,” said one national GOP strategist.

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http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/24/montana-special-election-quist-gianforte-238746

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 10:40 AM

1. What Are The Current Poll Numbers

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Response to Me. (Reply #1)

Wed May 24, 2017, 10:42 AM

2. Montana is one of those states that doesn't poll well IIRC...

too rural and spread out.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Wed May 24, 2017, 10:45 AM

3. I Wondered What The Deal Was

Looked and looked and couldn't find a single poll.

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