Was Montana's wild House race a Trump test? Not so much

Posted May 27, 2017

"Donald Trump is his model", Pelosi said.

Trump won the state by more than 20 percentage points in November's election, though the state re-elected its incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock by a narrow margin on the same day. Democrats have held the governorship in Montana since 2005, and one of the state's two US Senate seats since 2007.

If the numbers hold, Democrats might actually consider it an encouraging sign nationally.

Republicans said the outcome lifts their hopes approaching two other special elections next month in Georgia and SC.

Rebecca Schoenkopf reacts to the election results at Democratic candidate Rob Quist's election party at the DoubleTree Hotel Thursday night, May 25, 2017, in Missoula, Mont.

For Democrats, there is frustration that despite the energy and activism from their base voters, they have yet to score a special election upset this cycle.

Quist told supporters that he called Gianforte to congratulate him on his win and to urge him to represent all Montanans. The cowboy-hat-wearing musician making his first run for Congress had some financial problems in his past that Republicans jumped on.

The issue has become a focal point for American voters, and Gianforte, 56, had remained non-committal about the legislation, even though he has embraced many aspects of the Trump presidency.

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Democrats were looking for a win to send a message to the president that his policies are not resonating across the country. Before that, he was a technology and software company executive - his assets range between $96 and $328 million, according to the Associated Press.

"I should not have responded the way I did". "That is an impact for our rural communities and our health care, and that's one area where we really hear people saying, 'This isn't what we signed up for, ' as far as taking away our health care and giving tax cuts to rich guys".

Republicans were also reluctant to put too much meaning into the Montana outcome, given the particular circumstances of that race. Jon Tester said in a statement. I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I'm sorry, Mr.

Gianforte did not describe the incident or make an attempt to explicitly correct the campaign's Wednesday night description of the alleged assault.

Gianforte asked Jacobs to lower a phone that was being used as an audio recorder, then tried to grab it, the campaign said in a statement.

Earlier on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan called for Gianforte to apologize for the incident, but did not ask him to step aside.

"There's always the possibility that when we get the case and the details, that we might look differently at the charging decision", Lambert said. "That's the Montana way", he said. But an altercation with a reporter the night before the election, which led to misdemeanor assault charges being levied against the GOP candidate, threw a monkey wrench into the works late.

"Last night I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can't take back".