Donald Trump Jr. is coming to Helena on Sunday for a fundraiser on behalf of Republican governor candidate U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte.
Gianforte's campaign confirmed the event Monday morning. The event will be held at the Montana Club and features Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News anchor who is dating the president's son.
In the 2018 election cycle, Trump Jr. came to Montana and spoke at several events for Republican federal candidates, including Gianforte and Republican state Auditor Matt Rosendale, who failed to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. Trump Jr. also campaigned here for Gianforte in the 2017 special election to fill Montana's U.S. House seat vacated by Ryan Zinke. President Donald Trump also held four rallies in the state mainly focusing on support for Rosendale but including Gianforte as well.
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Gianforte is one of three Republicans seeking their party's nomination in the 2020 primary. The others are Attorney General Tim Fox and state Sen. Al Olszewski. The primary has already become heated, as Fox took jabs at Gianforte when he announced his governor's bid, saying he was abandoning his U.S. House seat.
Two days after the Sunday fundraiser, Fox and Olszewski will hold a debate at Carroll College in Helena. The debate was first sponsored by the Lewis and Clark Republican Central Committee, who knew that because of scheduling conflicts Gianforte was unlikely to be able to attend. After the central committee pulled out, Fox and Olszewski said they would go forward with the debate.
Four Democrats are running in their party's primary: Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, businesswoman Whitney Williams, state Rep. Casey Schreiner and news magazine publisher and former state Rep. Reilly Neill.