Montana Democrat Jon Tester, Targeted by Trump During Midterms, Re-Elected to Senate

Sen. Jon Tester leaves the weekly Democratic policy luncheon meeting at the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Jon Tester leaves the weekly Democratic policy luncheon meeting at the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Montana Democrat Jon Tester has won a third Senate term, beating Republican Matt Rosendale, the state auditor.

President Donald Trump had taken a personal interest in defeating Tester, and had visited the state to campaign against the incumbent. Trump had said he wanted to make Tester pay at the polls for helping derail Trump’s first nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tester is the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Tester insisted that Montana voters across the political spectrum would support him after examining his record.

Trump held four rallies in Montana and sent his eldest son and Vice President Mike Pence to headline more appearances. Rosendale also got help from outside cash that poured into the race.

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