Election countdown: 25 days

Montana is a safe red state—Trump won it by 20 points in 2016 and it hasn’t gone for a Democrat since 1992. Because its population is so small, though, that 20 point lead was less than 102,000 votes. If we were talking about California or Texas, that would be a narrow margin! That small population really turns out in elections though—over 70% in every election since 2004. Montana saw turnouts of 74% in 2016, and 71% in the 2018 midterms! At the end of the day, I admire the fact they actually vote, even if their views are different from mine. I can respect a result that comes with a decent turnout—it’s voter suppression and gerrymandering that isn’t respectable.

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