Montana Faces Closest Mid-Term Race of All States
HELENA – October 18, 2018
The closest electoral race for a seat in Congress this mid-term campaign is in Montana, where incumbent Democratic senator Jon Tester is running against Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale.
Political experts predict a very fierce battle for the seat, as the gap between them has grown smaller over the past few weeks, and if in July Tester could count on 52% of the vote (which would still be a very marginal victory), since that time his rating has fallen to 49%.
Meanwhile, Rosendale’s support has stayed at about the same, having gained only 1%; the margin has narrowed due to the growth in popularity of Libertarian candidate Rick Breckenridge and the number of people who remain undecided.
Thus, though Rosendale is approaching Tester, it has nothing to do with his own efforts, though he has spent $20 million on promotional materials as compared to Tester’s $16 million.
What do we know about the candidates?
John Tester, 62, is in his second term and running for his third. He was first elected to the Senate in 2006, defeating Republican incumbent Conrad Burns in one of the closest Senate races of that year, so he has some experience in winning narrow margin electoral battles. He was reelected in 2012 against U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg in another close race. Tester was previously the president of the Montana Senate and worked as a music teacher and farmer.
He also became the senior Senator in 2014 following Max Baucus's departure. John Tester is a loyal member of Democratic Party, supporting LGBT rights, as well as abortion and embryonic stem cell research. He also supported Obamacare when it was on the agenda.
His opponent, Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale, 58, is a loyal Trump supporter. He is not new to Montana politics, since he was elected to represent House District 38 in the Glendive area back in 2010 and was elected to the state Senate twice, in 2013 and in 2015. Before running for public office, Rosendale worked in real estate and development, and had some experience in land management.
The mid-term election will take place on November 6 in, when we will learn the outcome of this heated race in this forested and quiet state.