Update: The election is THURSDAY, people. Quist’s opponent just body-slammed a reporter. Do you live in Montana? Do you know anyone who does? Go vote, and go ask them to vote.
Read about the assault and hear audio from it:
Original post below:
Help Democrat Rob Quist defeat his Republican challenger to win Montana’s May 25 special election to fill its sole House of Representatives seat.
Quist is facing a tough battle but of course he has a chance. Ballotopedia rates the house seat as ‘solidly Republican’, and it was vacated by a Republican, Ryan Zinke, who left to run the Department of the Interior.
As of March 29, Quist’s Republican opponent, Greg Gianforte, reportedly raised $1.5 million for his race–twice Quist’s haul of $750,000. But there’s a third candidate, Libertarian Mark Wicks, who could draw votes away from Gianforte.
The race for the seat actually got underway in early March, once the political parties chose their nominees.
Quist is a musician and outdoorsman who has never held elected office before. He recently stepped down from the Montana Arts Council, where he had served for 11 years.
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