MONTANA | MT-sen

Tester Bets on Homespun Charm

He's arguing he knows the state better than Rosendale, who is from Maryland.

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Alex Clearfield
Oct. 31, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

Sen. Jon Tester (D) "would be a near lock for reelection if Montana’s Senate race came down to the classic test of which candidate voters would rather have a beer with. … Unfortunately for him, Republicans and President Donald Trump are determined to make the race anything but a beer test between Tester and” state Auditor Matt Rosendale (R), “the intense and buttoned-up Republican candidate, who hails from Maryland.”

Partly driven by anger over Tester’s role in ending the nomination of Ronny Jackson as VA Secretary, Trump “is out for revenge.” However, Tester is “relying on his dry sense of humor, boisterous laugh and penchant for salty language to make his case that no one knows Montana better than he does,” a “referendum on whether a state-specific, parochial campaign still works against a national GOP message.” (Politico)

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