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Tester Defeats Rehberg in Montana

It's becoming something of a trend for Sen. Jon Tester. Just like in 2006, Tester managed to pull out a squeaker of a race despite being a Democrat in a Republican state.

In 2006, Tester won his first Senate seat after ousting the Republican incumbent Sen. Conrad Burns in one of the closest races in the country. In that race he won by just 3,562 votes and it took until Thursday of election week for Burns to concede. This year' contest against Rep. Denny Rehberg looked just as close going into election night, but this morning the Associated Press called it on behalf of Tester.

"It has been an honor to serve the people of Montana," Rehberg said in a concession statement. "The voters of our state have spoken, and I respect their decision. Senator Tester and I share an abiding love for Montana and America, a value which transcends political party or disagreements on matters of policy. I congratulate Jon on his victory in this hard-fought campaign."

Check out our analysis of the Montana Senate race here.

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