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Wed Aug 27, 2014, 10:55 AM

Still a long shot, but great fundraising prowess so far!

We have a fighting chance at keeping the MT Senate seat blue.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is famous for his flat-top and middle of the road politics. Amanda Curtis, Tester's fellow Democrat and would-be colleague from Montana, is known for her nose ring and her unabashedly liberal affiliations.
Although many insiders dismiss her campaign as a long shot, Amanda Curtis is raising money at a prodigious rate and battling assertions that she is too radical for conservative-leaning Montana.
But on many issues, the candidate admits she needs to study up. But time is running out with Election Day a little more than two months away.
Curtis, a Butte math teacher serving her first-term in the Montana state house, has already raised $180,000 in 10 days, according to her campaign, and sees "people coming out of the woodwork" to support her.


http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/26/politics/curtis-montana-senate/

Way to go, Amanda!

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BlueMTexpat Aug 2014 OP
IronGate Aug 2014 #1
Chan790 Aug 2014 #3
BlueMTexpat Aug 2014 #5
Dems to Win Aug 2014 #2
BlueMTexpat Aug 2014 #4

Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Wed Aug 27, 2014, 10:59 AM

1. The true test of her chance of winning is how much of the money raised

 

is from citizens of MT, and how much is from out of state.
If most of it is from out of state, then her chance of winning the seat are pretty slim, OTOH, if most is from in state, she's got a real chance of taking the seat.

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Response to IronGate (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 27, 2014, 02:10 PM

3. Sometimes that's true...it depends on the state.

 

For example, here in CT...for all the times he was elected and reelected, less than half of Joe Lieberman's campaign funds ever came from local donors.

Without making any imputations upon it--a lot of it came from NY and a lot of it came from prominent Jewish donors nationally. He was a cash cow though...if you wanted to pump money into a race in CT, all you had to do was have Joe campaign with the Democratic candidate and the same money would roll into their coffers.

I expect the same would be true of a lot of liberal heroes...I'd sooner donate money to Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren in their Senate races than my Senator, Chris Murphy. I like Chris...but he's a moderate representing a liberal state. Our other Senator, Richard Blumenthal, is one of my favorite people on Earth...I already give Richard the maximum every election. I wish we had 10 more Dick Blumenthal's in the US Senate.

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Response to IronGate (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 27, 2014, 04:14 PM

5. Yes and no.

There is a LOT of enthusiasm for her from MT Dems - much more, in fact, than there ever was for Walsh.

The fact is that it is late in the election year and she only received about $2000 from the Walsh Senatorial campaign. She needs money to publicize herself and to make her case against Daines, who has been just another obstructive RW GOPer in the House and has zilch to commend him for the Senate other than having name recognition.

S180,000 can buy a lot of air time and campaign commercials in MT, no matter where the $$$ come from.

The rest is up to her and to Montanans themselves.

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Wed Aug 27, 2014, 12:13 PM

2. Time for math teacher in the Senate!

 

I am really hoping Amanda wins this.

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Response to Dems to Win (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 27, 2014, 04:06 PM

4. Fingers crossed here!

II'm really hoping too and talking to and emailing everyone I can so they'll be sure to get out the vote!

Unfortunately, I can't vote there myself since MD is my US voting residence.

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