Great Falls Tribune: Group says it will spend $750,000 in Montana to rally Democrats

A political action committee that says its goal is to get “Democrats to the polls” said Saturday it will invest $750,000 and open field offices in Montana in anticipation of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock entering the U.S. Senate race.

Progressive Turnout Project’s executive director Alex Morgan said the group will allocate resources to the “potentially pivotal race” for Democrats.

Offices will be opened in Great Falls, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena and Missoula, he said, and  26 workers will be hired to target more than 256,000 Democratic voters statewide.

“Progressive Turnout Project is expanding our $45 million national field program into Montana to help flip this critical Senate seat and elect Gov. Steve Bullock,” Morgan said in a news release.

Infrequent Democratic voters typically under prioritized by other outside groups will be the focus of the campaign, Morgan said.

“In our models, a win in Montana puts Democrats over the top in the race to secure the Senate, and we’ll be on the ground to make that happen,” he said.

Morgan said Progressive Turnout Project’s voter efforts will target more than 34,000 young voters. Over 56% of the targeted voters are women and more than 12,000 of these voters skipped both the 2016 and 2018 election.

He said it was expected to turn out over 12,000 voters in Montana. In 2016, Bullock won reelection by 19,818 votes. In 2012, the winning margin was 7,571 votes, Morgan said.

It said in 2020, it will invest $45 million to knock on over 7 million doors and “get out the vote in 16 presidential and Senate battleground states.”

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