Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Rep. Matt Rosendale announces run for Montana Senate seat

Rep. Matt Rosendale announces run for Montana Senate seat

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) announced a Senate run on Thursday, scrambling a race in which Republicans had already begun to rally behind a different candidate seeking to unseat Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in a heavily Republican state.

Rosendale’s decision sets up a competitive GOP primary, pitting the congressman against former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy, who has secured the backing of several prominent Republicans.

“This morning, I officially filed for the U.S. Senate,” Rosendale announced on X, formerly Twitter. “We’ve made great accomplishments in the House, only to see them die at the hands of Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer in the Senate. Montanans want a Senator that fights for WE, THE PEOPLE, not the D.C. Cartel!”

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is among those backing Sheehy in the race.

In a statement following Rosendale’s announcement, Daines said, “It’s unfortunate that rather than building seniority for our great state in the House, Matt is choosing to abandon his seat and create a divisive primary.”

“Tim Sheehy has my full support because he is the best candidate to take on Jon Tester,” Daines continued. “Whichever party wins the Montana Senate seat will control the United States Senate in 2024, and Republicans cannot risk nominating a candidate who gave Jon Tester the biggest victory of his career.”

The Republican Senate primary is set to take place June 4.

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