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Gianforte enters upcoming contest to replace Zinke

(HELENA)- As expected, former Gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte says he will seek the nomination to replace Congressman Ryan Zinke.

Zinke is in the running to be the Interior Secretary in President Donald Trump's cabinet, which would create a vacancy in Montana's lone Congressional seat. A U.S. Senate committee is expected to act on Zinke's nomination early next week. 

There had been speculation since Zinke's nomination was announced that Gianforte, who lost his bid to unseat incumbent Governor Steve Bullock last fall, would be interested in the GOP nomination for a special election. 

KXLH TV reports Gianforte confirmed he will seek his party's nomination in a letter to Republican leaders yesterday. 

At least nine other candidates from the major parties have also expressed an interest.

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