Montana state Senate President Scott Sales (R) announced yesterday that he will not enter the special at-large congressional election when Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Whitefish) is confirmed as Interior Secretary, probably next week. Previously, 2014 Republican gubernatorial nominee Greg Gianforte claimed that he has already secured a majority of party convention delegates in order to become the GOP’s special election candidate. Mr. Sales’ action suggests that Gianforte’s vote count is correct. In Montana, like Kansas, the parties choose their special election nominees in convention, and voters will go to the polls only once. Republicans are favored to hold this seat.
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