Brian Schweitzer

Montana vote pits tech millionaire against populist crooner

The special election Thursday to fill Montana's lone congressional seat features a Republican tech millionaire who portrays himself as a gun-loving, fly-fishing Montanan living the life in God's country against a populist Democratic crooner making his first run for office.

Greg Gianforte and Rob Quist are vying to replace Republican Ryan Zinke, who's now President Donald Trump's interior secretary. Republicans have held the seat for two decades.

The conservative Gianforte backs Trump policies from increased border protection to repealing the Affordable Care Act; Quist is a popular Flathead Valley musician who depicts himself as a commoner.