UPDATE #3: May 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. – Quist was unfortunately defeated by Republican challenger Greg Gianforte by a narrow margin, despite Gianforte being charged with assault on Wednesday evening for body slamming a reporter.
UPDATE#2: May 23, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. – Election Day is in two days! Early polls are saying that this will be a close race, but Quist has a chance in this traditionally conservative GOP stronghold. Find out how you can help now at www.robquistformontanacom!
UPDATE #1: April 26, 2017 at 7:00 a.m — Early voting has begun in Montana!
PREVIOUSLY: On May 25, 2017, Montanans will take to the polls in a special election being called by the state to its only Congressional seat, which was left vacant earlier this year after Republican Ryan Zinke was nominated to the Trump Administration’s cabinet as Secretary of the Interior.
Quist was selected by the state’s Democratic party in their nominating convention in March, and although this is a seat that is safely held by Republicans, recent events have reinvigorated Democrats hoping to flip the seat, including the near-upset in the Kansas special election last week and the seemingly close race in Georgia’s 6th district, where Democrat Jon Ossoff is hoping to pull off an upset in Tuesday’s special election. Republican leadership has projected anxiety over the stability of the race, announcing on April 12 that it would spend upwards of $1 million on the race, with the Republic National Committee committing nearly half a million dollars to advertising in the district.
Quist is a musician, not a career politician, and hopes that his native Montanan roots will appeal to those who want to serve as a check on the Trump administration. He promises to stay true to Montana’s values, and you can find more about him, his issues, and how to volunteer with his campaign at:
Jobs/Economy: Born and raised on the Quist family ranch in Cut Bank, Rob learned that nothing gets done without hard work and commitment. In Congress he’ll fight for Montana families by working to invest in infrastructure and Montana’s manufacturing industry and reform the tax code so that it works for small business owners and rural communities.
Public lands: Rob is a lifelong outdoorsman who opposes any attempts to transfer Montana’s public lands to private hands. He believes public lands are our state’s single greatest asset, and must be protected for future generations.
Tax Reform: As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Rob understands the burden of an unfair tax system that makes it harder for small business owners to thrive. He will make tax reform a priority, working to close tax loopholes for corporations that ship American jobs overseas and rewriting the tax code to support Montana’s small businesses, workers and families.
Social Security and Health Care: Rob stands with seniors and will protect Social Security and Medicare. Seniors have worked hard and paid into these systems for their entire lives– and should never have to worry about losing these crucial programs.