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Montana US Senate 2018 - (D) Win

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Post by Addie » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:20 pm

Axios: The 2018 Senate elections to keep an eye on

Montana: Democratic Sen. Jon Tester will be up against Republican state auditor Matt Rosendale or possibly Judge Russell Fagg. But those aren't the strongest candidates he could have faced. The GOP's top two picks for the seat had been Ryan Zinke, who is now Trump's Interior secretary, and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, who is now likely to run for governor.


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Post by Addie » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:41 am

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Joe Biden energizes Democrats in Helena

On a night meant to energize Democrats around the state of Montana, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a sold-out crowd about 1,300 people at the 40th annual Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Helena.

Biden took the stage late Saturday night, calling U.S. Sen. Jon Tester an authentic person and "a guy who looks like he can lift an ox out of a ditch."

Tester's re-election was one of the main focuses in an evening featuring party leaders and candidates, all of whom touched on the national political mood under Republican President Donald J. Trump but spent most of their time on hope for the future. ...

The five Democratic candidates running against Gianforte — Grant Kier, John Heenan, Kathleen Williams, Lynda Moss and Jared Pettinato — all spoke briefly during the event's long agenda, telling voters why they'd be the best to defeat Gianforte, the incumbent Republican, after the Democratic primary.


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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:18 am

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The Daily 202: Red-state Democratic senator highlights bills signed by Trump in first reelection ad

THE BIG IDEA: Running for reelection in a state Donald Trump carried by 21 points, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is kicking off his 2018 campaign today with a commercial highlighting the 13 pieces of legislation he’s co-sponsored that the president signed into law.

Veterans, a cop, a firefighter and an elderly couple count off the bills and resolutions. Tester, who lost three of his fingers in a meat grinder at age 9, then holds up his hands.

“Washington’s a mess, but that’s not stopping me from getting bills to help Montana signed into law by President Trump,” he says to camera. “I’m out of fingers, but I’m not finished getting things done for Montana.”

During a primary season in which many Democrats are seeking to outdo each another in denouncing Trump the loudest, Tester’s debut ad — shared first with The Daily 202 — foreshadows what you’ll see a lot more of in places like North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana. ...

Tester has stuck with Democrats on the major issues. He opposed the tax cuts on the rationale that they blow up the national debt by more than $1 trillion and fought efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act because Montana benefits from Medicaid expansion. But he has also voted with Trump 52 percent of the time when the president took a position on a bill or nominee, according to Congressional Quarterly.


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Post by Suranis » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:34 pm

It's ok guys. the GOP has unleashed its secret weapon, the one that pulls its ass out of the fire every time. That's right they have unleashed the Green Party!


Green Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana
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Democrats are fighting to keep the Montana Green Party from fielding a candidate in the race against Sen. Jon Tester (D).

Tester, running for a third term this year, is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection. His state favored President Trump over Hillary Clinton by a 21-point margin in 2016, and Tester himself won both his previous elections with less than 50 percent of the vote.

He now may face multiple challengers on the ballot this fall, creating a chance for a Green Party candidate to siphon votes from the left.

The Green Party earned access to Montana’s ballot after turning in thousands of signatures just before a critical deadline.

Montana Democrats are crying foul and want the Green Party booted from the ballot.

They suspect a GOP firm is behind the petition drive, and have filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices alleging that a Nevada-based GOP firm violated state law by failing to report its spending on behalf of the Green Party.

The Montana Democratic Party says at least two of the signature gatherers identified themselves in social media postings as employees of Advanced Micro Targeting, a political consulting firm in Nevada that usually works with Republicans. Six of the 13 signature gatherers for the Green Party effort live in states other than Montana.

“The evidence suggests that the Republican-linked Nevada firm Advanced Micro Targeting, which has a history of shoddy and unethical petition-gathering practices, was behind this effort,” Nancy Keenan, the executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, said in a statement.
More at the link http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch ... in-montana


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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:09 am

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Rosendale wins GOP nomination for Senate in Montana

State Auditor Matt Rosendale won the Republican nomination for Senate in Montana, advancing to a marquee general election showdown with Democratic incumbent Jon Tester.

With 55 percent of the vote tallied, the Associated Press called the race for Rosendale, who led three challengers. Republicans had seen Ryan Zinke as their best option to take on Tester, till President Trump named him as interior secretary.

The Montana race is seen in both parties as a central battleground in the fight for the Senate majority. Trump won the state in 2016 and has sharply criticized Tester, who derailed his nominee to head Veterans Affairs in April.


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Post by NotaPerson » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:25 pm

A just released Gravis poll shows Democrat Tester with an 8 point lead.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/docs/ ... h_2018.pdf

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Post by kate520 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:27 pm

Bunny droppings :shock:
ETA: Of course I can’t remember where but I read recently that Tester was in big trouble. About half the time I can’t tell if an article I’m reading is stenography, dribbled out of the mouth of someone with an agenda and meant to be turnout-inhibiting propaganda, or not.


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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:49 am

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Tester goes on the attack in Montana US Senate race debate

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester went on the attack Saturday against Republican candidate Matt Rosendale as the Montana Democrat fights to keep his seat in a tightening Senate race.

Tester is one of 10 Senate Democrats seeking re-election in states won by President Donald Trump in 2016.

He got personal during Saturday’s debate in Bozeman by contrasting his own Montana roots with Rosendale: “Somebody who was born in Maryland, made millions of dollars developing property, bought a ranch in Montana, claims to be a rancher but has no cows,” Tester said.

Rosendale, the state auditor and insurance commissioner whose campaign has gotten a boost from repeated visits from Trump, responded by accusing the incumbent of selling out Montana for the interests of Senate Democratic leaders. ...

Trump appears to have put Tester in his crosshairs after the Montana Democrat helped sink the confirmation of the president’s first nominee to run the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson. Trump vowed then that Tester would pay at the polls, and he and his surrogates have since visited Montana six times in support of Rosendale.

On Saturday, the Trump campaign announced the president would be holding his third rally in Montana in support of Rosendale on Thursday.



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Post by RVInit » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:02 pm

I'm afraid Rethuglicans are going to absolutely cream Democrats in the Senate. They will gain many seats. :madguy:


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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:05 am

from the NYT as I post this

Candidate Party Votes Pct.

Jon Tester* Democrat 89,922 52.2%
Matt Rosendale Republican 77,518 45.0
Rick Breckenridge Libertarian 4,971 2.9

172,411 votes, 27% reporting (178 of 669 precincts)



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Post by kate520 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:51 am

Yowza! Go Tester!


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Post by Kendra » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:47 am


Jon Tester now up by 2,030 votes in #mtsen with 99% reporting



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Post by Slim Cognito » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:53 am

As much as losing Nelson (maybe) and McCaskill has devastated me, (from MO originally, now FL) I think Tester winning is the sweetest senate victory. I'd read trump was determined to take him down because of what he did to trump's VA nominee.


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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:01 pm

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U.S. Senate ›
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Jon Tester* Democrat 218,145 49.0%
Matt Rosendale Republican 213,935 48.1
Rick Breckenridge Libertarian 12,797 2.9

444,877 votes, 91% reporting (608 of 669 precincts)

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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:18 pm

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Democratic Sen. Jon Tester holds on to Senate seat in Montana, AP projects

Tester faced strong opposition from Republican Matt Rosendale. He also was a target of President Trump, who was angry after Tester helped scuttle his nominee to lead Veterans Affairs. Trump won Montana by 20 points in 2016.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

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Post by Dr. Kenneth Noisewater » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:19 pm

I'm sure this one is going to bother Trump for weeks.



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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:21 pm

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AP: Tester wins re-election over Rosendale

GREAT FALLS — Incumbent U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has won re-election to his third term, fending of a challenge from Republican state Auditor Matt Rosendale.

Despite an unprecedented four trips to the state by President Donald Trump to try to defeat him, Tester emerged with 49 percent, or 218,145 votes, to Rosendale’s 48 percent, or 213,934 votes, in unofficial totals. That's a lead of 4,211 votes.

The race was expected to be close from the start; Tester has never captured 50 percent of the vote in his past two wins in 2006 and 2012.

As polls closed Tuesday, it marked the end of a Senate election unlike any other in the state, where more than $60 million in candidate and outside money was spent to sway voters. President Donald Trump played an outsized role in the contest, making an unprecedented four trips to Montana to hold campaign rallies in support of Rosendale. His surrogates, including Vice President Mike Pence and son Donald Trump Jr., also barnstormed the state multiple times.



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Post by NMgirl » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:40 pm

Phew! That was a nail-biter race for me and I stayed up until after 2 a.m. obsessively watching those returns come in (or rather, failing to come in).


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Post by SuzieC » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:44 pm

So what is the breakdown of the Senate with Sen. Tester's sweet victory?



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Post by bob » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:48 pm

SuzieC wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:44 pm
So what is the breakdown of the Senate with Sen. Tester's sweet victory?
Presently 51-46; projected is 54-46 (Mississippi, Arizona, Florida).


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