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    Rob Quist Tops $5 Million in Donations in Montana Special Election

    Dem in Montana special election breaks $5M fundraising mark | TheHill


    Montana Democratic nominee Rob Quist’s campaign announced Thursday that he's raised more than $5 million, with just one week before the nationally watched special election for the state's only House seat.

    Quist’s eye-popping fundraising haul includes more than 200,000 individual contributions the campaign said was raised in 85 days.

    The high-dollar number comes as Quist looks to deliver a major upset on May 25 against Republican nominee Greg Gianforte for the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
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    I haven't been paying close attention, but I have plenty of family there. Some Democrats, many Republicans.
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    Re: Rob Quist Tops $5 Million in Donations in Montana Special Election

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    I haven't been paying close attention, but I have plenty of family there. Some Democrats, many Republicans.
    Montana's beautiful. Harsh winters. But, amazing place for outdoorsmen.

    Long story short.. Quist is the underdog. He's a very liberal Democrat. They're smearing his opponent as trying to "buy Montana". Because his opponent is very wealthy. And moved to Montana from NJ after selling his company. I think Quist has momentum.. but, he is still considered a longshot candidate. His policies are very much in line with a progressive platform. He's for single-payer healthcare. And I view this as a test for progressives. To see if you progressives can win a seat that had historically gone to conservatives. The seat up for grabs is Ryan Zinke's who is now our Interior Secretary.
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    Re: Rob Quist Tops $5 Million in Donations in Montana Special Election

    Quote Originally Posted by Winston View Post
    Montana's beautiful. Harsh winters. But, amazing place for outdoorsmen.

    Long story short.. Quist is the underdog. He's a very liberal Democrat. They're smearing his opponent as trying to "buy Montana". Because his opponent is very wealthy. And moved to Montana from NJ after selling his company. I think Quist has momentum.. but, he is still considered a longshot candidate. His policies are very much in line with a progressive platform. He's for single-payer healthcare. And I view this as a test for progressives. To see if you progressives can win a seat that had historically gone to conservatives. The seat up for grabs is Ryan Zinke's who is now our Interior Secretary.
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    Re: Rob Quist Tops $5 Million in Donations in Montana Special Election

    Quote Originally Posted by Winston View Post
    Montana's beautiful. Harsh winters. But, amazing place for outdoorsmen.

    Long story short.. Quist is the underdog. He's a very liberal Democrat. They're smearing his opponent as trying to "buy Montana". Because his opponent is very wealthy. And moved to Montana from NJ after selling his company. I think Quist has momentum.. but, he is still considered a longshot candidate. His policies are very much in line with a progressive platform. He's for single-payer healthcare. And I view this as a test for progressives. To see if you progressives can win a seat that had historically gone to conservatives. The seat up for grabs is Ryan Zinke's who is now our Interior Secretary.
    I knew most of that, but in terms of ground-level support and whatnot, I am not that in touch with the dynamics of this race. Currently, Montana has more Democratic support than my state does, and we both shared this tradition of rural, conservative Democrat and Reaganite Conservative dynamic.

    My instincts still say that Gianforte will pull in a win, but there is a much stronger Democratic constituency than my own state.
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    Re: Rob Quist Tops $5 Million in Donations in Montana Special Election

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    A little off topic but my wife's cousin is the mayor of Darby.

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    Re: Rob Quist Tops $5 Million in Donations in Montana Special Election

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I knew most of that, but in terms of ground-level support and whatnot, I am not that in touch with the dynamics of this race. Currently, Montana has more Democratic support than my state does, and we both shared this tradition of rural, conservative Democrat and Reaganite Conservative dynamic.

    My instincts still say that Gianforte will pull in a win, but there is a much stronger Democratic constituency than my own state.
    Well, Bernie has been stumping for him. I haven't seen any polling or anything. But, IMO, this is kind of a referendum on Bernism, and if Quist wins, it's a huge recommendation and a signal to the DNC (Who has been no help.) That Bernie is stronger than the mighty national party. And if it's a loss, could diminish Bernie's standing. It will be an interesting race.

    One thing I'd like to comment on is.. if Quist wins, I predict it's a huge positive boon for progressives on the national scene, it's a blow to Trump, a recommendation of Bernie and Quist, and the mainstream media will be completely silent. Because they have a memo on their desk in the morning that reads: Destroy Bernie Sanders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston View Post
    Well, Bernie has been stumping for him. I haven't seen any polling or anything. But, IMO, this is kind of a referendum on Bernism, and if Quist wins, it's a huge recommendation and a signal to the DNC (Who has been no help.) That Bernie is stronger than the mighty national party. And if it's a loss, could diminish Bernie's standing. It will be an interesting race.

    One thing I'd like to comment on is.. if Quist wins, I predict it's a huge positive boon for progressives on the national scene, it's a blow to Trump, a recommendation of Bernie and Quist, and the mainstream media will be completely silent. Because they have a memo on their desk in the morning that reads: Destroy Bernie Sanders.
    Polling from earlier this month had Quist in high-single digit loss (a potential improvement from April in which he was losing by 15). That may come down some after the President's scandals and maybe some from the growing unpopularity of the AHCA (with the CBO score coming on Wednesday), but I wouldn't expect it to do too much damage.
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    Re: Rob Quist Tops $5 Million in Donations in Montana Special Election

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Polling from earlier this month had Quin in high-single digit loss (a potential improvement from April in which he was losing by 15). That may come down some after the President's scandals and maybe some from the growing unpopularity of the AHCA (with the CBO score coming on Wednesday), but I wouldn't expect it to do too much damage.
    If we can get him within the margin of error and Dems need to GOTV on Election Day, we could pull off an upset. I know you are moderate but it's still a blow to Trumpism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston View Post
    If we can get him within the margin of error and Dems need to GOTV on Election Day, we could pull off an upset. I know you are moderate but it's still a blow to Trumpism.
    If you get him in the margin of error, you may have a point, given that state polling practices in the run-up to the last election were significantly off (whereas the national polls were close to on the money). However, I wouldn't bet on it.

    As for whether it would be a blow to Trumpism, maybe, a bit, yeah, but mostly no. You'll want to avoid the national narratives in states like Montana.
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