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Tester To Seek Re-election For Senate

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, Montana’s lone statewide elected Democrat, announced Wednesday, Feb. 22, that he would seek re-election to a fourth term in 2024.

“I am running for re-election so I can keep fighting for Montanans and demand that Washington stand up for our veterans and lower costs,” Tester said in a statement from his campaign. “Montanans need a fighter holding Washington accountable, and I’m running to defend our Montana values.”

Tester’s seat is expected to be one of the major targets for Democrats who will try to hold onto their slim majority in the Senate, and for Republicans trying to regain power in the upper chamber.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee called the Montana Senate seat a “must-win” in 2024, while a spokesperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, chaired by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, called on Montanans to unseat him next year, calling him “Joe Biden’s favorite senator.”

Tester’s campaign pointed to a Morning Consult poll that showed Tester had a 60 percent approval rating among Montanans. Montana Democratic Party Chair Robyn Driscoll said Tester fights for Montana values.

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