Weeks ago state District Court Judge Russell Fagg (R) announced that he was retiring from the bench and subsequently formed a US Senate exploratory committee. Now a former judge, Mr. Fagg officially announced yesterday that he will enter the Republican Senatorial primary hoping to challenge two-term Sen. Jon Tester (D). During the exploratory phase, the Judge was able to secure public endorsements from Republican former Governors Marc Racicot (who later became Republican National Committee chairman), Judy Martz, and Stan Stephens, along with ex-US Reps. Denny Rehberg (R-Billings), and Rick Hill (R-Helena), thus signifying his credibility as a candidate. Mr. Fagg faces state Auditor Matt Rosendale in the Republican primary. The general election favors Sen. Tester, but this will be a competitive campaign.
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