With the Georgia Sixth Congressional runoff not happening until June, the Montana at-large seat is next up…
As the political world shifts its attention away from Georgia, where Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will face off in a June special election, the focus will shift to another special: Montana’s at-large congressional seat.
Ryan Zinke, the former occupant of the at-large seat, was appointed to serve as Secretary of the Interior, and his absence has triggered a May 25 special election.
Republican Greg Gianforte, a candidate for Montana governor last cycle, will face off against Democrat Rob Quist, a musician.
An appeals court denied the request of the Green Party, and two independent candidates, to appear on the ballot. None of those candidates collected enough signatures in time to do so – a key difference from the Georgia special election, which saw 18 candidates vying for a spot in a runoff.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that he will support and campaign for Quist in May, calling the musician “a populist, grassroots candidate fighting for the working families of Montana.”
A Gravis poll found Gianforte with a 12-point lead on Quist, 50-38, earlier this month.
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