Republican leaders have been working to recruit a statewide office holder to challenge two-term Sen. Jon Tester (D), and looks to have found him. State Insurance Commissioner and Auditor Matt Rosendale (R) announced yesterday that he will enter the race to challenge the Democratic incumbent.
Though President Trump scored a 56-36% Montana victory here last November, the electorate simultaneously re-elected Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in the same election. Until last November, Democrats held six of the nine Montana statewide offices; thus, Republicans still have obstacles to overcome in winning Big Sky Country political positions. Though GOP strategists will rate this as a top tier challenger race, Sen. Tester must be categorized as a distinct favorite for re-election even when considering he has failed to reach the majority support level in his two previous successful statewide runs.
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