In 2016, businessman Greg Gianforte (R) came within four points of unseating Gov. Steve Bullock (D), who is now apparently preparing to enter the Democratic presidential campaign. Ever since, speculation has continued that Mr. Gianforte would return to the Governor’s race in 2020. Since then, he won a special and regular election for the state’s at-large House seat, and one of the promises he gave the party leaders in that original congressional race was not to quickly leave the seat to again run for Governor.
This week, a Gianforte staff member confirmed, however, that the Congressman is considering the Governor’s campaign and has not yet ruled out joining the open seat race, a contest that already features Attorney General Tim Fox (R) and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton (R). Should Gianforte make the leap back into the Governor’s race, we can also expect a major open seat battle for the congressional seat.
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