Reinhart for President!

by Jay Stevens 

Last night at the Tester victory party, state representative-elect Michele Reinhart showed up. I joked with her that she outpolled Jon Tester, because in HD 97 she won 70.47% of the vote, while Tester picked up a measly 64% of Missoula’s vote overall.

She had a six-point edge on Tester.

Of course, comparing these statistics is wrong on so many levels: Tester’s vote is for the county overall; Reinhart’s for one House Disctrict in a liberal section of a liberal city. Oh, and Tester was running against a three-term U.S. Senator with wide name recognition and who had spent, by some accounts, close to $10 million in his re-election effort; Reinhart ran against a member of Montana’s Constitution Party who had not actively campaigned at all.

So Reinhart picked up 70% against a whacked-out, paleo-conservative who wants to abolish income tax, public schooling, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

But…then…that means Burns did only six points better in all of Missoula county, which includes conservative swaths. Six points better than a right-wing extremist who didn’t campaign at all.

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