Trump Records Robocall For GOP Candidate In Montana Special Election

Democratic Congressional candidate Rob Quist and Sen. Bernie Sanders greet supporters during a campaign rally

Democratic Congressional candidate Rob Quist and Sen. Bernie Sanders greet supporters during a campaign rally

The day after a new report that Trump allegedly asked top intelligence officials to push back against the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, Democrats seized on the president's newly released budget proposal, which would make cuts to programs that have benefitted constituencies that voted for him.

Strategists in both parties say President Trump's dismal national standing isn't the driving factor in the Montana race. The president's approval rating dropped below 40 percent last week, and some polling found him losing ground with key support groups.

This is the third congressional election this year for open House seats, and Democrats have made surprising headway in districts that have been traditionally Republican-leaning. There is no major scandal attached to Gianforte's campaign, but the headline writer went ahead and conflated them, as well as some silly "Russia ties" to appear more Trumpian. "Now I have to worry about someone taking that care away.We need you to act as this great state's conscious and cast your ballot for the person who is going to the right thing for Montana and that's Rob Quist".

Thursday's election for the seat vacated by President Donald Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has, in recent weeks, attracted national attention and millions of dollars in GOP funding for Quist's opponent Greg Gianforte. While Trump handily carried the state, and former Rep. But Montana voters have an independent streak.

Gianforte has been in the political spotlight for a couple of years since entering the 2016 governor's race, which he lost in November to Democrat incumbent Steve Bullock. According to the Quist campaign, more than 12,500 Montanans attended rallies in Missoula, Butte, Billings and Bozeman.

Gianforte faces off against Democrat Rob Quist on Thursday.

Congressional Leadership, the super PAC backed by House GOP leadership, has been the biggest spender in this race, dropping about $2.7 million.

Quist, the Creston singer-songwriter, has mounted a strong challenge against Gianforte, the wealthy tech entrepreneur from Bozeman who gained statewide recognition during his unsuccessful bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock a year ago.

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

"If you don't vote tomorrow, the liberal Democrats running for Congress will decimate and dismantle all that we've done", he said.

Did you know half of all Montanans have a pre-existing condition? Ossoff finished first in the 18-candidate field and narrowly missed the majority he needed to win outright in the jungle primary April 18.

Gianforte has tried to create some distance between himself and the GOP legislation.

"The environmentals are going to change so many times between now and 2018, to draw conclusions today from it would be a mistake", the Republican said.

Republicans privately say Gianforte is going to win by fewer than 5 points, Democrats predict a double-digit loss. Quist ran his own ad in which he shoots a television playing a Gianforte-sponsored commercial.

"All mail ballots give the Democrats an inherent advantage in close elections due to their ability to organize large numbers of unpaid college students and members of public-employee unions to gather ballots by going door to door". But party leaders are also urging Democrats not to let anti-Trump rhetoric define them. "It turns out that being from New Jersey isn't an asset in Montana".

In an interview with ABC's "This Week", DNC Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison suggested Democrats can't focus only on Russian Federation.

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