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GOP Fears House Seat Loss With Mont. Rep. Running for Gov

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Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont. (Matt Vol/AP)

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Monday, 03 June 2019 12:17 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Republican operatives in both Washington, D.C. and Montana are not happy with the recent decision of Rep.-at-large Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., to seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2020.

Since Democrats control the House by a slim 235-200 seat margin, any Republican vacancy in a marginal district is going to be a setback to GOP designs on a recapture of the House next year.

With Gianforte leaving Congress, Republican strategists privately complain, the Big Sky Country's lone U.S. House seat is now up for grabs and could easily go Democratic.

Two years ago, State Rep. Kathleen Williams, a liberal Democrat and strong gun control advocate, lost a close race to Gianforte (who had narrowly won the seat in a 2017 special election resulting from the resignation of then-Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to be secretary of the interior).

"Democrats have a better chance of winning the House seat with Rep. Gianforte out of the race," former Montana Secretary of State and 2004 Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Brown told Newsmax. Kathleen Williams is now well known, and campaigning hard, already."

Before Gianforte's move to the four-candidate governor race, there has been some coalescing around State Attorney General Tim Fox for governor. But the entry of Gianforte, the 2016 Republican nominee for governor against Democrat Steve Bullock, complicates both the House and governor's races.

"Republicans who understand that, including me, are displeased," Brown told us.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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The recent decision of Rep.-at-large Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., to seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2020 has displeased Republican operatives in both Washington, D.C. and Montana, Newsmax's John Gizzi reports.
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