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Parties battle for control of Montana's only US House seat

25 May 2017, 01:32 | Amanda Barker

Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowds For Rob Quist As Montana Special Election Gets Closer To Toss Up

Sanders and Quist

The filing deadline has now passed in Alabama for running in Alabama's U.S. Senate special election.

Federal campaign reports show more than $12 million has poured in to the special election for the two most popular candidates: Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist.

The race may be more about taking the pulse of the American electorate than it is about power in the House, which has not had a Democrat from Montana since 1991.

It's not as though President Donald Trump isn't a factor; that would be like ignoring the sun during a heat wave.

In Great Falls, Gianforte repeated his campaign promises to help President Donald Trump drain the swamp and make America great again.

Greg Gianforte says he's "thankful" for the new healthcare bill-the one that eliminates protections for pre-existing conditions and raises premiums on every Montanan who has one. "You have to be who you are", he added. Republicans got in fright in April when they had to scramble to avoid a loss in deeply conservative Kansas. Zinke resigned March 1 to become Interior secretary.

And in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner's (R) re-election campaign last week received a $20 million contribution from billionaire hedge fund founder Ken Griffin.

He used a bit of his fortune to finance an unsuccessful try for governor, antagonizing even some fellow Republicans who saw a heavy-handed attempt to buy his way into political office.

After some prepared remarks, Quist took questions from the audience. But in a state where hunting and fishing are holy rites, the dispute caused grave political harm.

Korean officials meet in attempt to repair ties
North Korea carried out another ballistic missile test last Sunday (May 14), resisting calls to suspend its weapons program. The South Korean president declared support for a two-track policy - sanctions and dialogue - to denuclearize the North.

The ad is paid for by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Both Quist and Gianforte have argued they're the better fit to represent the at-large seat. He has spent decades appearing throughout the state; in Victor, home to about 800 residents, he mentioned performing once at the junior prom. The House race there has drawn a lot of money from both sides, flooding Montanans' televisions with political ads.

"Nancy Pelosi in a cowboy hat", jibed one spot, tying Quist to the liberalism of Democrats' House leader. "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?"

Quist concluded his appearance by playing some music. In Missoula, he wandered into the crowd and missed the cue when Bauman summoned him for a closing duet.

"One thing I'd be fearful of is that Quist ran as a progressive and therefore Democrats need Sanders candidates", the Democratic operative said.

"It would be a mistake to assume all of the enthusiasm is on the left, I think there does exist enthusiasm on the right", the strategist said.

The sum is especially remarkable because of the 85-day campaign period. Medicaid expansion was initially denied by the Legislature in 2013 before being expanded two years ago, making about 70,000 Montanans eligible for government-supported health insurance. He uses his own financial troubles, growing from a botched gall bladder operation and years of health issues, as the argument for expanded coverage. On Wednesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is slated to release its analysis of the House Republicans' already unpopular health care replacement bill, which will likely create more fuel for opponents. "We have at 10 polls, three were people, the rest were robo polls".

If this race is close, some Democrats have asked, why hasn't the national party spent more money here?

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