Sen. Steve Daines predicted in early May that Republican Greg Gianforte would win the special election for Montana's lone House seat by 8 to 10 points. Gianforte won by 6.
This wasn't pure guesswork. In addition to representing Montana for the past five years, first as a congressman and now as a senator, Daines is quite familiar with fellow Republican Gianforte. They worked together for 12 years at a customer relationship management (CRM) software company called RightNow Technologies, which Oracle acquired in 2012 for $1.5 billion.
Before that, the former tech executives partnered on a construction project to build RightNow's headquarters in Bozeman.
Montana's economy is heavy in mining, transportation and agricultural products like beef,