- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan is urging Montana voters to send U.S. Rep Ryan Zinke back to Congress for a second term as Republicans seek to boost turnout ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

During a Sunday rally at the Billings airport, Ryan described Zinke, a former U.S Navy SEAL, as a rising leader within their party.

The Wisconsin lawmaker cited Zinke’s push to bar Syrian refugees and his support for lifting the ban on U.S. crude oil experts.

Democratic challenger Denise Juneau says Zinke spent too much time promoting his own political career instead of protecting Montana’s interests.

Also at the rally was Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte. The Bozeman tech industry entrepreneur has sunk more than $5 million of his fortune into his bid to unseat Gov. Steve Bullock.

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