Pence campaigns for Montana special election candidate

Pence campaigns for Montana special election candidate
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Vice President Pence is heading to Montana on Friday for several events, including campaign work for the GOP candidate in the state's closely watched special election.

Pence will travel to Billings, Mont., to tour a coal company and participate in a listening session with business leaders and Crow Nation tribal leaders along with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, according to Pence's schedule.

Pence and Zinke will tour Westmoreland Coal Company’s mine, which is on the Crow Indian Reservation, then do the listening session at Westmoreland Resources Inc.

The vice president will end his day in Montana speaking at a campaign event for Greg Gianforte, who is running in the special election to fill Zinke’s at-large House seat. Gianforte will face off against Democrat Rob Quist on May 25.

Montana’s single seat has been a reliable GOP stronghold, but the race has tightened in the final weeks before the race.

Quist, a Montana musician, is now within single digits of a Gianforte in recent polls and plans to have progressive stalwart Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersPollster: Despite flashy headline, Dems haven't become more supportive of socialism Pollster: Dem party 'rift' won't carry on to midterms Pelosi sees defections from an unusual quarter — the left MORE (I-Vt.) campaign for him this month.

Pence isn’t the only member of Trump's inner circle stumping for Gianforte. Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE Jr. returned to Montana Thursday to do several rallies with the Montana Republican.