HELENA, Mont. — Vice President Mike Pence is wading back into the special election for Montana’s at-large House seat with a new robocall urging voters to support Republican Greg Gianforte this week.
“Hello, this is Vice President Mike Pence, calling to say there is an important special election being waged right now for Montana’s open congressional seat,” Pence says in the call, which Republicans started deploying on Tuesday, two days before Election Day. “Greg Gianforte is running to be your next congressman and President Trump and I need Greg working with us in Washington to cut your taxes, secure our borders, and protect your Second Amendment rights.”
The race between Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist has turned tighter than expected in the closing stretch, but Gianforte is still favored in the state Donald Trump carried by more than 21 points in November.
While Democrats nationwide hope that the turmoil surrounding Trump and the investigations into his ties to Russia will drag Republicans down, Gianforte has in fact sought to tie himself to the White House. Donald Trump Jr. has visited the state for him twice, and Pence visited as well, rallying Republicans two weekends ago.
But Republicans have become more wary of this race in the final days, with both sides pumping last-second cash and resources in.
“Don’t let Nancy Pelosi and the liberal Democrats take this seat out of Republican hands. The stakes are high, and your vote will matter this Thursday. Remember to get to the polls this Thursday, May 25, and cast your vote for Republican Greg Gianforte for Congress. Thanks for listening. With Greg Gianforte’s help, we will make America great again,” Pence adds in the robocall.