A special election for Montana’s lone seat in the U. S. House of Representatives became a major flashpoint in the mood of American politics this week. When the votes were tallied Thursday night, Republican Greg Gianforte edged Democratic challenger Rob Quist by a seven point margin (189,473 Republican votes, 166,483 Democratic votes).
In an analysis of the election results, Daily Yonder compared the rural, urban and suburban voting patterns to the 2016 Presidential Election. The comparison revealed:
The vote occurred in the aftermath Gianforte’s physical assault of a reporter attempting to ask a question about the Republican health care bill.
The campaign was also a clash of national interest groups, with the National Rifle Association, Americans for Prosperity, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees and many others supporting targeted advertisements and voter outreach.