The GOP prevented an upset in Montana. What does that mean for Georgia-6?

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Republicans in Atlanta’s northern suburbs can sleep a little bit easier tonight after GOP candidate Greg Gianforte pulled off a solid win here Thursday evening.

After weeks of hand-wringing and a surreal final 36 hours, Gianforte convincingly bested Democrat Rob Quist, a Bernie Sanders-style populist, for Montana’s at-large congressional seat, even with a Libertarian candidate in the race.

Thursday’s results in this nationally-watched contest poke holes in Democrats’ argument that an anti-Trump wave is imminent and unavoidable, even in the reddest corners of America. Indeed, Gianforte constantly emphasized his similarities to the president throughout the contest.

Gianforte’s win also hands the Republicans some hard-won momentum heading into the final weeks of campaigning roughly 2,000 miles away in Georgia’s 6th District.

“Tonight Montanans sent a wake-up call to the Washington, D.C., establishment,” Gianforte told roughly 300 supporters assembled at his victory party at a local hotel. “Montanans said Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi can’t call the shots in Montana. Montanans said we need to drain the swamp. And we have a lot of work to do.”

Some supporters at the party said Gianforte’s victory showed Democrats’ efforts to take over the House in 2018 would be stonewalled. Others argued that Montana’s contest was a strictly local race and that the GOP shouldn’t get complacent.

As the clock struck midnight here on Friday, one significant silver lining was beginning to emerge for the Democrats. With three-quarters of precincts reporting, Gianforte was besting Quist by about 8 percentage points. While that’s certainly nothing to scoff at, it represents only about half the margin that Ryan Zinke, his Republican predecessor, won the state by in 2014 and 2016.

Montana was never high on the Democratic Party’s target list — President Trump bested Hillary Clinton here by more than 20 percentage points last fall. But in places like Georgia’s 6th District, where Trump only won by about 1.5 percentage points, Thursday’s numbers could still be cause for optimism.

Muddying the conversation is Wednesday’s bizarre turn of events here in Bozeman. Gianforte was ultimately cited for misdemeanor assault for allegedly “body-slamming” a reporter. He apologized to the journalist during his acceptance speech Thursday, but what’s unclear is how many voters abandoned support or stayed home from the polls because of it. Thousands had already voted early.

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199 comments
Maxine Rains
Maxine Rains

Very thankful this good man won the election. Reporters should have to stay at least five feet away from candidates. NO ONE wants someone right up in their face -- especially someone who refuses to take "NO" for an answer.

Edith Stanley
Edith Stanley

Anybody who voted for Trump will burn in hell for sure.

Edith Stanley
Edith Stanley

Gianforte's win in Montana says it all. Republican voters are incredibly STUPID and they are willing to hand over to oligarchs our country. The Republicans have signaled that it is OK to be a horrible human being. They have signaled that it is OK to be greedy, mean, hateful, and evil... YES... EVIL. THERE IS NO OTHER WORD FOR IT BUT "EVIL."

Mark Barnard
Mark Barnard

At least Republicans don't let women drown in cars and then get big cheers from voters who re-elected the perpetrator.

Marcia Brownlee Cantor
Marcia Brownlee Cantor

Jonathan, watch how you speak. Then we want you to remember those "Die Out" words as you too will be told that when the cycle of opinions comes around Again.

Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

Montana's electorate is being reported as "rural". Georgia's 6th District is being reported as being in the "top 10" of most educated electorate in this great country. Let's just say, on high stakes testing in rural areas the academic outcomes are not as adequate as the government hoped for.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Voting while ignorant is very dangerous-- just like driving while drunk. \U0001f633\U0001f635

Ricky Gandy
Ricky Gandy

I think it means the people are tired of stupid liberal policies.

Joel Watson
Joel Watson

The GOP candidate should body slam a journalist. It'll guarantee his election. (This should tell journalists something about how people are feeling about their profession these days, and no, I don't support attacking journalists).

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Means we are going to kick some butt here in Georgia!!!!

Priscilla Lemieux
Priscilla Lemieux

Nothing absolutely nothing..comparing Georgia to Montana in any way is ignorant..they literally have nothing in common!!

Marci Baer McCarthy
Marci Baer McCarthy

It means the GA-6th will vote for Karen Handel! \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Wilma Jones
Wilma Jones

Means GA needs to get their act together.

Gwen Buice
Gwen Buice

After what that man did to that reporter and those ignorant people still voted for him it means that state is one of the last stops on the way to hell. Please don't let us be that bad. Georgia vote Jon Ossoff because we are better than that!

Mark Barnard
Mark Barnard

At least didn't let a woman drown inside of a car. cough, cough, cough Ted Kennedy.

Chris Yoder
Chris Yoder

Absolutely nothing although we can only hope!

Cesar J Caceres
Cesar J Caceres

"Muddying the conversation is Wednesday’s bizarre turn of events here in Bozeman. Gianforte was ultimately cited for misdemeanor assault for allegedly “body-slamming” a reporter. He apologized to the journalist during his acceptance speech Thursday, but what’s unclear is how many voters abandoned support or stayed home from the polls because of it. Thousands had already voted early." I would say none because someone that shows that he is willing to stand up and not get pushed around by liberals is what we need.

Phillip Laird
Phillip Laird

DNC all the way... out the door into non-existence. We have a new way to campaigns in this country, UFC STYLE!!!

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

Nothing. But, Democrats losing more seats has been the trend.

Jimmy Wright
Jimmy Wright

Thanks you Sr for a great job keeping it going forward.

Ronald W. Mann
Ronald W. Mann

It means Assoff can go back to California and keep making movies for Michael Moore

Patricia Baker Charles
Patricia Baker Charles

Mr. BRUCKER, you are full of It! I see the hate in your statement. Relax...... Life is short.

John Holmes
John Holmes

I hope the people in g 6 are smart as well.

Jimbo Crawford
Jimbo Crawford

Does not mean anything,till all the votes are counted in Georgia...

Scott Buckingham
Scott Buckingham

Jon Ossoff IS from the 6th district Born and Raised so PISS OFF RePug!! And 70% of the ballots were Already cast THATS why this ScumBag won!!

Jackie Lovett
Jackie Lovett

This means nothing for the 6th in Georgia. We're a much more diverse area then the district in Montana and look how close it was. #TurningBlue #Ossoff.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Does not mean a thing. He lives in a state populated by racist bigoted uneducated deplorable homophobic Islamaphobic xenophobic morons. If he had dragged a gay person on a cross behind his pick-up truck wrapped in barbwire, his supporters would still vote for him. Republicons are billionaires first, corporations second, party third, and country last.

Dallas Gregory
Dallas Gregory

You must listen to the liberal media. Sound like a writer for the Huffington Lier. Come up with different lies to make up about us.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Dallas Gregory you must read Britebart, you sound like fox fake infotainment with over 420 fake stories and counting. All I ever hear from conservaturds is Benghazi, e-mails, and uranium all of which have been debunked. Come up with some new nut job lies.

David Whitmer
David Whitmer

Sounds like someone is still pissed off because we finally got a real president back in the WHITE HOUSE. Not one that apologized to the rest of the world for our strong Christian beliefs. LOL

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Keith LaSalle you mean the A rated Clinton foundation, or were you talking about the Trump foundation slush fund with no rating since he won't release his records. Might you be referring the Erick Trump foundation that stole 800,000 from a cancer fund raiser. Could you be talking about the Ivanka Trump foundation that just got 110,000,000 from the guys who financed the 911 attack on America. What you have in the white House is a sexual predator child rapist Russian puppet illegitimate President that is a national embarrassment. The petulant child who pushed a real leader of a country hot of the way to be line leader. Strong Christian faith, that is a joke. Religion is the single largest hoax ever pulled on society. The number one industry in the world is religion. Religion is a 2 trillion dollar a year industry in America. Christian conservatives terrorists are as much a threat to America as white supremacists terrorist and the Alt-Right.

David Whitmer
David Whitmer

We all we have answer one day. I would rather believe and find out I was wrong than get there and end up in HELL

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

David Whitmer there is no cloud daddy there is no heaven there is no hell

Mary Claus
Mary Claus

Doug Rogers Doug- your first comment explains it all completely- plain and simple why the Democrats lost control. Plain and Simple...

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Mary Claus LBJ explained people like you the best “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s is better than the best colored man, he won’t know you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him someone to look down on and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon B Johnson

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Dallas Gregory it better than the illegitimate President you have. Only white supremacists terrorist, the Alt-Right, and mentally unstable support the sexual predator child rapist Russian puppet Dumpster.

Dallas Gregory
Dallas Gregory

All I seen was rapist the rest is just your liberal hate. I bet you have thrown bricks in windows and destroyed other people's property to get your point across. \U0001f602 I bet you have a college degree and and can't make over $25,000 a year so you faked an injury to get my hard working tax money. You so smart. With your hate talk.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Dallas Gregory no I'm talking about the illegitimate President Dumpster, dumbass. No I don't protest like that you are talking about the protesters James O'Keefe pays to protest using Trump foundation money. You know the illegal slush fund he uses to pay off politicians, pay off lawsuits, repair his trailer parks, and pay for his many side pieces. #RESIST/OBSTRUCT #KremlinKlownKar

Margie Miller Sullivan
Margie Miller Sullivan

I feel sorry for you, Doug Rogers. You appear to be completely insecure and miserable.

Matt Morris
Matt Morris

Good Doug, let the hate flow through you. It is after all what you liberals do best. Hate.

Keith LaSalle
Keith LaSalle

Well good ole Dougie found the liberal talking points handbook. What I'd really love to know is.... does being a mental midget come easy for you Doug Rogers or do you have to work really hard for it?

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Keith LaSalle it explains you so well. You have no idea why you just hate a person for the color of their skin. Talk about a mental midget.

Mary Claus
Mary Claus

Doug Rogers I never looked at your profile Doug, and I still haven't, but your most recent comment indicates you might be an extreme racist with a big chip on your shoulder. No one even brought up race, but yet you manage to insult and name call- which by the way, does not look good on ANYONE! Take a look in the mirror before you bring your hostile and racist comments.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Mary Claus thank you for jumping up and telling the world you are a racist bigoted uneducated deplorable.

Mary Claus
Mary Claus

Doug Rogers I am an educated, awake, Republican woman who is very polite. Let me say many sensible Americans- men, women, people of all colors, Republican and even Democrats- voted to get The Godfather and his syndicated crime organization which included HRC- the hell out of D.C. The corruption, and the lack of both; morality and common sense is why the Republican Party is now in control.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Mary Claus you need to ask for your money back, you are not educated. The Republicons destroyed America. The worst President America has ever had was Ronald Reagan. He was a traitor who violated the Logan act. His Regannomics had on design, transfer wealth from the poor to the rich. That Republicon party is owned by corporate America and the billionaires. The Republicon party has now been taken over by the tea baggers. The Republicon party has now imploded. They control all branches of government and still can't get anything done. The American people are waking to the fact Republicons put billionaires first, party second, and the country last. The Republicons are not in control of anything. The Republicon leadership allowed the party to sell out to the russians. The leadership is in on the conspiracy and involved is money laundering of Russian money. You need to step away from the kool-aid it's making you delusional.

Mary Claus
Mary Claus

Doug Rogers and... I thank you for your opinion, have a nice weekend!

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

David Whitmer you are the one who voted for a sexual predator child rapist Russian puppet traitor. I need help, you are delusional.

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