Republicans outspending Democrats in final weeks of special election

Republicans outspending Democrats in final weeks of special election

Republicans outspending Democrats in final weeks of special election

"I don't think the current reality we're in has changed that all that much. you can not allow your candidacy or campaign to be sidetracked by the daily chaos coming out of the Trump White House".

Each candidate wants to take the seat formerly occupied by Ryan Zinke, who left the position in order to become the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Quist, who has a chance to win in a state that President Donald Trump won by 20 percentage points in November, is one of several candidates receiving help from UCLA students. But Montanans are famously independent, a tradition strengthened during the days when a copper company ran state politics, fueling a strong labor culture and a distrust of corporations.

"Montanans can't afford to send Greg Gianforte to the U.S. House", Quist said in a statement.

Gianforte is now running for the open congressional seat and, unlike in his last run, he is fully embracing Trump.

In a last-minute turn, local authorities are investigating robocalls reportedly made by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on behalf of Gianforte. "Quist has been talking a whole lot about that and I suspect that's pretty unpopular in Montana". He has promoted his Washington outsider status, touted the jobs he created in Montana, and has borrowed Trump's "drain the swamp" credo.

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The software entrepreneur turned political contender also attacked his Democratic opponent Rob Quist's authenticity. Montana's Democratic Senator Jon Tester, though not among the wealthiest in that august group, isn't in the poorhouse either, with a net worth north of $1 million as of 2010. The special election will be held Thursday, and while Gianforte has led the polls, Quist recently cut the distance between them to single digits.

Republicans are anxious about loosing this seat in the Senate, and have brought up Quist's financial ties and the reported tax-liens involved.

Gianforte's campaign said it has raised about $4.6 million, including a last-minute loan of $500,000 from Gianforte.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent about half a million dollars in Montana, funneling early money through the state party so that Quist could go up on TV, and later bolstering that with additional TV and mail efforts. "Why is it they take advantage of that enthusiasm for the goal of fundraising, but don't seem to have the same enthusiasm for turning these people out to vote?" Bernie Sanders, who campaigned with Quist over the weekend, makes him "too liberal" for Montana.

Quist is a first-time candidate; Gianforte is a failed gubernatorial candidate.

"I needed more data before I could support it", he said.

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Republican strategists say they're anxious that the race has tightened, while national Democrats say their polling shows the race has remained out of reach.

What's more, during the Democratic primary, Sanders trumped his opponent Hillary Clinton 51.6 percent to 44.2 percent. The DCCC announced an additional $2 million investment in the Georgia district this week.

Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte greets supporters during a campaign meet and greet at Lions Park on Tuesday in Great Falls, Mont.

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Quist concluded his appearance by playing some music.

Still, some Democrats remain hopeful that their guy can pull off a major upset - one that would feed into Republicans' nerves about the 2018 elections.

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