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Montana-cowboy Democrat looks for anti-Trump election win

(Agence France-Presse) Can a guitar-strumming cowboy poet strike the first blow at the polls against President Donald Trump? Democrat Rob Quist reckons he can do just that, in Thursday’s closely-watched special congressional election in Montana.

Quist croons at campaign rallies and writes poems for supporters. And as a first-time candidate for public office, the 69-year-old is running an unexpectedly tight race against a Republican businessman in Big Sky country.

The lead once enjoyed by Republican contender Greg Gianforte “has diminished in polling so much that it’s miniscule,” Jeremy Johnson, an associate professor of political science at Carroll College in the state capital Helena, told AFP.

“It’s close to a toss-up.”

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