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Trump records robocall in Montana race

Washington Republican operatives add that this is an unpredictable time in politics. And the early attacks on Gianforte weren't much different from last year's.

Although he travels relentlessly, scouring for each vote he can, Quist does not seem to particularly relish campaigning.

Democratic U.S. congressional candidate Rob Quist arrives for a gathering with supporters at Darkhorse Hall and Wine Snug on Monday in Great Falls, Mont.

President Donald Trump is weighing in on the Montana special election this week with a robocall in support of Republican candidate Greg Gianforte.

Quist, on the other hand, began this race largely unknown outside of his musical career in the Mission Mountain Wood Band.

Montana is one of the most dependent states on federal money, partly because about 50 percent of Montana is public land. A total of 11 Republicans and 8 Democrats will vie for the seat now held by appointed Sen.

Campus political groups are supporting their preferred congressional candidates across the country to try to maximize their impact on the political environment.

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Wicks has said that drug companies shouldn't be able to sell drugs overseas for anything less than they charge in this country, while Quist says the United States should allow re-importation of drugs from less-expensive markets, like Canada, and that Medicare should be able to bargain directly with the industry for lower drug prices. The factional battles between the Hillary Clinton and Sanders wings of the party should have ebbed with the election of Trump, an anathema to everything that unites Democrats. It will be the first major race since House Republicans passed their highly criticized health-care bill. Revelations that Gianforte said he was "thankful" for the bill on a private conference call proved a fundraising boon for Quist.

Pence recorded a robocall on behalf of Greg Gianforte, saying "President Trump and I need Greg working with us in Washington to cut your taxes, secure our borders and protect your Second Amendment rights". That's 30,000 more than their group's members made in total for a marquee Senate race past year in Nevada.

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

Like a similar contest next month in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, a victory for Democrats would be widely interpreted as a stunning setback for the GOP. That's $1.93 million against Quist and $442,450 against Gianforte in the past 20 days.

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. Gianforte has allied himself with Trump, telling a campaign rally this month that he wanted to "help Donald Trump drain the swamp out there".

If Republicans also underperform in Montana, warned one conservative leader involved in the race, "it would encourage the Democrats that 2018 could indeed be a wave election". "If he doesn't win, it's all for naught", he said.

Montana will be the third special congressional election this year where a Democrat has made surprising gains in a Republican district. The Trump agenda that Mr. Gianforte promotes could offer mixed results, rolling back regulations that many people say hamper growth, while pulling dollars from small, isolated towns.

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