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Sen. Tester speaks to supporters in Great Falls.
Courtesy Tester Campaign

Just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, Senator Jon Tester made this statement to a room full of supporters at a Great Falls hotel.

"For those of you that don't know — and I don't think anybody knows this — AP has just called this race," Tester told the crowd.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on election night. Nov. 6, 2018
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

Updated at 12:30 p.m.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrat Jon Tester captured a third term in the U.S. Senate with an extremely narrow victory over an opponent President Donald Trump tried to boost by making repeated visits to the state.

Updated at 9 a.m. Check our Live Election Results for the most up to date information.

Not all of Montana's precincts have fully reported this morning so in some cases we don't know much more than we did by the time many people went to bed last night.

Attendees at Vice President Mike Pence's rally on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale were given campaign stickers as tickets at the event in Kalispell, MT on Nov. 5, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

Vice President Mike Pence was in Kalispell Monday morning campaigning for Republican Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale and Congressman Greg Gianforte.

About 550 people attended Pence’s third visit to Montana, held in a hangar at Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell.

Senator Jon Tester campaigned with other Democrats for statewide office in Browning Nov 3, where he was lauded as an advocate for solving the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Nicky Ouellet

As members of the Crow tribal council stood alongside Republican Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale for his pro-coal stance at the Bozeman airport Saturday, tribal leaders from the Blackfeet Nation and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes threw their weight behind Democrats Senator Jon Tester and Congressional candidate Kathleen Williams.

They started their day in Browning with a breakfast feed. By afternoon, they were at Elks Lodge in Polson with the Blacklodge drum circle.

Protesters gathered outside Trump rally at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Belgrade, Montana
Corin Cates-Carney

Thousands of people gathered in Belgrade this weekend for President Donald Trump’s fourth visit to Montana to spur support for Republicans in the finals days before the midterm election. Once the airplane hangar turned Trump rally site at the Bozeman Yellowstone Airport filled up, an overflow crowd gathered outside its doors to listen to the President’s voice applifed from nearby speakers.

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale campaigns in Whitefish, MT, November 2, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio


A U.S. Senator who advocates for selling off federal public lands was in Montana on Friday campaigning for Senate hopeful Republican Matt Rosendale

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee endorsed Rosendale last December. Together they’re hosting get out the vote events in Polson, Missoula and Whitefish.

A fourth presidential visit to Montana continues a grudge President Trump has with Jon Tester. Libertarians have sometimes influenced the outcome of a Montana Senate race, but will they this year? Republican ads focus on immigration, while Democratic ads want to highlight health care. And the infamous body-slam keeps coming up in the House race. Sally, Chuck and Rob talk about what it all means for Tuesday's election, right now on "Campaign Beat."

U.S. Senator Jon Tester and former president of Planned Parenthood nationwide Cecile Richards share the stage in Bozeman at Montana State University on Nov. 1, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

The former president of Planned Parenthood nationwide joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester in Bozeman, Thursday afternoon, to continue the Democrat’s effort to energize his voting base five days before the midterm election.

US Senate Candidates, L to R, Rick Breckenridge, Matt Rosendale and Jon Tester at the MTN News - Yellowstone Public Radio debate Oct. 13, 2018
MTN News

Updated at 6:00 p.m. with expanded copy and a follow-up interview with Rick Breckenridge.

This morning, the Libertarian candidate in the race for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat told reporters he’s endorsing Republican Matt Rosendale in that race. Here’s what Libertarian Rick Breckenridge said.

"Honestly I'm not going to take the seat, and I think today that Matt Rosendale is going to be the best person to fulfill that obligation and that role, and so I'm here today to support Matt in his candidacy, and endorse him in his continuing effort to be the front man in the cause of liberty."

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