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Democrat Jon Tester wins reelection in Montana Senate race

Democrat Jon Tester wins reelection in Montana Senate race

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) won reelection Wednesdaymorning, surviving a tight race with Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) that stretched into the day after voters went to the polls.

With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Tester led Rehberg 49 percent to 45 percent. The Associated Press has called the race for Tester.

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Montana GOP governor hopeful in limbo after court freezes his cash

Montana GOP governor hopeful in limbo after court freezes his cash

The Republican nominee in a tight governor’s race in Montana has been temporarily barred from spending his campaign funds as the courts sort through a contentious and very odd campaign finance situation.

At issue is a $500,000 contribution that former congressman Rick Hill (R) accepted on Oct. 4 from the Montana Republican Party.

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GOP Senate candidates mixed on inviting Ryan to campaign for them

GOP Senate candidates mixed on inviting Ryan to campaign for them

Republican Senate candidates in some marquee races say they would be happy to campaign with the GOP's new vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

But others are apparently resistant to the idea.

Democrats have attempted to attach Ryan and his plan to Republicans all over the country, labeling Ryan their "running mate" and hoping his controversial Medicare plan hurts downballot GOPers.

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GOP Senate candidates mixed on inviting Ryan to campaign for them

GOP Senate candidates mixed on inviting Ryan to campaign for them

Republican Senate candidates in some marquee races say they would be happy to campaign with the GOP’s new vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

But others are apparently resistant to the idea.

Democrats have attempted to attach Ryan and his plan to Republicans all over the country, labeling Ryan their “running mate” and hoping his controversial Medicare plan hurts downballot GOPers.

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Rick Hill wins Montana GOP governor nod

Former congressman Rick Hill won the Montana Republican governor primary on Tuesday and will face state Attorney General Steve Bullock (D) in the race to succeed outgoing Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D).

Hill emerged from a crowded field with 34 percent of the vote. His nearest competition was at 18 percent.
Republican governor candidate Rick Hill smiles as he walks through a crowd of his supporters Tuesday night in the Red Lion Hotel in Helena. (AP Photo/Dylan Brown, Independent Record)

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Familiar trio of states could decide the Senate again

Missouri, Montana and Virginia were the three states that gave Democrats the Senate in 2006 — the three seats that were genuinely in doubt on Election Day and went Democratic.

Now, six years later, those same three states could be the ones that determine whether they can hold that majority.

Or maybe not.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) speaks to constituents during his first campaign in 2006. That year, Tester’s race was one of three that handed the majority to Democrats. This year, a Tester loss could hand the majority back to Republicans. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

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DGA-aligned group launches response ad in Montana governor’s race

The ad war in the Montana governor’s race is officially on, with a group affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association going up with an ad responding to Republican attacks.

A state GOP ad earlier this week, partially funded by the Republican Governors Association, hit state Attorney General and presumptive Democratic nominee Steve Bullock for not joining on to a lawsuit, filed by other state attorneys general, that seeks to overturn President Obama’s health care law.

In response, the Democrats’ ad, from the DGA-affiliated group Montana Jobs, Energy, and Technology (JET) PAC, says Bullock saved the state thousands of dollars by declining to take part in the suit.

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