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Will Dem Rob Quist Body-Slam Greg Gianforte In Montana, WITH VOTES? Your Open Thread.

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After a campaign that’s seen accusations of the Democratic candidate singing to naked people and the Republican candidate committing an actual assault on a reporter, Montana’s special election to replace Ryan “Master And Commander” Zinke in Congress wraps up when the polls close at 8 p.m., “Mountain Time,” which would be 10:00 Eastern, 7:00 Pacific, and god only knows in Idaho. Democrat Rob Quist hopes to take the state’s single congressional seat away from the Republicans, and has a fair chance of it because nobody likes Republican Greg Gianforte, and that was before Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault for wilding on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. When Gianforte ran for governor in the fall, his vote ran well behind Donald Trump’s, and the Democrat, Steve Bullock, won by just under five percent. Still, Republicans have done what they could to help Gianforte, killing off a bill that would have conducted all the balloting by mail, because, as the Republican party chair argued, too many people voting leads to Democrats being elected.

As things stand, about two-thirds of likely voters have already voted absentee, although Montana does allow same-day registration and the prospect of Greg Gianforte literally having a bully pulpit in Congress may pull in some additional voters today. Quist has been campaigning hard against Donald Trump’s agenda, and in Montana, like everywhere else, the Republican effort to kill off Obamacare is Not Loved — Gianforte has gone out of his way to avoid taking a position on the House’s awful bill, and in fact it was a question about the CBO score of the bill that prompted him to deck Jacobs and then release a lying statement accusing the reporter of having grabbed him, possibly because Gianforte assumed his word would be more persuasive than audio recordings and eyewitnesses. As election day has rolled along, House Speaker Paul Ryan has called on Gianforte to apologize, possibly because Ryan at least wants to appear not to condone candidates roughing up reporters. No apologies yet from Gianforte, who is apparently hoping that online tough guys making hilarious jokes about punching snowflakes will be all the defense he needs. Or maybe he read in the Bible that Noah punched a reporter during the building of the Ark. That is where Gianforte finds his wisdom, like the idea that the earth is 6,000 years old or that people should work until they die.

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