- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist raised a combined $11.5 million in last month’s special congressional election, a record haul in Montana for a U.S. House seat.

The race won by Gianforte seemed destined to break records when outside groups began pouring money into the contest. In all, such groups poured in more than $6 million, most to support Gianforte.

Campaign reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission show Gianforte amassed $4.9 million in contributions, including $1.5 million he lent himself. He spent nearly all that money as of June 14.

Quist, a political newcomer, showed his fundraising prowess, collecting $6.6 million over the course of the 85-day campaign. FEC records show he spent at least $6.2 million.

The 2016 U.S. House race generated about $9 million in spending.

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