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Politics Podcast: Do Democrats Need A Win?

The headline from Montana’s House special election doesn’t look good for Democrats: Republican Greg Gianforte beat Democrat Rob Quist by 6 percentage points, even after Gianforte was accused of body slamming a reporter on the eve of the election. But in the latest episode of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew debates whether the result in Montana actually bodes poorly for Democrats and what a big special election win would mean for the party.

The team also plays another round of “smoke vs. fire” with the controversy over potential collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, sifting through what’s most consequential among many recent revelations. Then, FiveThirtyEight’s Anna Maria Barry-Jester joins the podcast to discuss the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the House health care bill and the challenges the bill is facing in the Senate.

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Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

Nate Silver founded and was the editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

Clare Malone is a former senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Harry Enten was a senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight.

Anna Maria Barry-Jester is a senior reporter at Kaiser Health News and California Healthline, and formerly a reporter for FiveThirtyEight.