"The Trump train is chugging along in Montana", Gianforte said.
The anti-Trump resistance is fueling the campaign of a flawed Democratic challenger, bluegrass musician Rob Quist, helping him raise a whopping $5 million for the race even though deep-pocketed national Democrats have mostly kept their distance. "And it's not there anymore", said Jim Larson, the Montana Democratic Party chairman.
"It is a lot closer than people ever though it would be".
A packed house welcomed Rob Quist at the Loaded Toad coffee shop and Sean R. Heavey gallery on May 18.
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. A super PAC affiliated with Trump, Great America PAC, also recorded calls for Gianforte, including one from Wisconsin conservative superhero Sheriff David Clarke. "There is a slight advantage, based historically, that there has been more "republican" ballots returned, but there is technically no republican ballot and, as you know, Montana is fiercely independent an people will vote fore whomever they want". (Montana polling has been sparse, but it's thought Gianforte has only a modest edge.) The anecdotal evidence from town halls across the country in recent months-full of upset constituents challenging Republicans on health care and probes of the president's alleged Russian Federation ties-appears significant. Pence's robocall may give another boost to Republican turnout efforts.
It's not as though President Donald Trump isn't a factor; that would be like ignoring the sun during a heat wave.
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"The fact that we're talking about Montana - a super red seat - is incredible", said John Lapp, the former director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
"There's been so much money thrown at this race - it's the most expensive race in Montana's history and the shortest race in Montana's history - [that] it's reached a saturation point", said Montana GOP Sen. Additionally, Bill Clinton managed to eke out a narrow victory in the state in the 1992 Presidential Election.
Democrats are still hopeful that the 30-year-old newcomer Jon Ossoff can still clinch the seat, despite Republicans this time around rallying behind one candidate, former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel. "But I think in this case, we actually see a large amount of voting". For the most part, the polls that have been conducted in the race have been done either by Gravis Marketing, which FiveThirtyEight has rated as a B- in its Pollster Rankings and Google Consumer Surveys, an online survey that has a B rating in the same Pollster Ranking.
The special election will be held Thursday and both Republicans and Democrats say the gap between the two candidates is narrowing, according to the website.
Libertarian Mark Wicks also is in the race, and he favors repeal of the ACA as well.