Vice President Mike Pence rallied fellow Republicans in Montana in support of God, guns and Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for the state's only congressional seat.

Pence implored the crowd of hundreds at the Metrapark pavilion in Billings to help elect Gianforte, who he said would be an ally to the Trump administration.

His speech avoided any deep policy pronouncements or any mention of the tumults buffeting the Trump administration's first several months.

Pence urged Gianforte's supporters to spread out into the expansive state to help recruit supporters for Gianforte, who faces Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks in a May 25 special election.

Pence is expected to fly back to Washington on Sunday. His office said the vice president has no public events scheduled for Saturday.

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