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President Donald Trump speaks in Billings, MT, Sep. 6 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

President Donald Trump has confirmed he’ll visit Montana one more time Saturday, to spur his conservative base, three days before the midterm election, at a rally at Bozeman Yellowstone International airport.

Polls show undecided voters may tip the balance in Montana's House and Senate races; how two ballot issues are attracting a lot of outside money and attention; new ads range from ominous to humorous; and a national Republican group sends out a mailer with erroneous voter information. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat," MTPR's weekly political analysis program.

Senator Jon Tester rallies a crowd at Montana State University in Bozeman, October 26, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

Outside groups supporting the candidates in Montana’s U.S. Senate race have now dumped close to $33 million into the race, bringing total spending in the contest to date to around $60 million, a record. Recent polls say the race between Republican Matt Rosendale and Democrat Jon Tester is tightening.

The candidates are making their final push to convince the remaining undecided voters, rally their base, and attract media attention.

Spending On Montana Senate Race At Record $60M

Oct 26, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Spending on Montana's U.S. Senate race has hit $60 million and shattered a state record as conservative groups funded by wealthy donors saturate the airwaves with ads attacking Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and seek to capitalize on President Donald Trump's feud with the lawmaker.

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado stumping for Republican Matt Rosedale in Helena, Montana, October 23, 2018. Rosedale is facing two-term incumbent Democrat Jon Tester in what the latest polls indicate is a toss-up race.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has spent nearly $5 million to influence the outcome of Montana U.S. Senate race, stumped on behalf of Matt Rosendale in Montana Tuesday during a get-out-the-vote tour. 

Visualized: The Incumbent Fundraising Advantage In Montana’s Congressional Races

Oct 22, 2018
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With Montana’s 2018 campaign season into its final month, Sen. Jon Tester and Rep. Greg Gianforte, the two incumbents in the midterm election, have charted clear fundraising advantages over their respective challengers, State Auditor Matt Rosendale and former state legislator Kathleen Williams.

Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin talk about President Trump's rally in Missoula and his contradictions and vendettas; the Senate race spending spree; the latest nasty ads; and the tightening House race between Greg Gianforte and Kathleen Williams. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat," MTPR's weekly political analysis program.

President Trump on stage at a Missoula campaign rally as the sun sets over the Bitterroot Mountains, Oct. 18, 2018.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

Shortly before sunset Thursday, President Donald Trump walked out of Air Force One in the foreground of the Bitterroot mountains and on stage in an airplane hanger in Missoula, extending his feud with Senator Jon Tester amid a call for Republican reinforcements in Congress.

Senator Jon Tester spoke about his record supporting Montana's veterans at a press conference in Butte. October 18, 2018.
Nora Saks / MTPR

On the day President Trump visited Missoula, his third to Montana to stump for Republican Senate-hopeful Matt Rosendale, his Democratic opponent, Sen. Jon Tester, was in Butte with veterans of all political stripes. 

President Donald Trump and Montana Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale at a July 5 campaign rally in Great Falls, MT.
Sally Mauk / MTPR

UPDATED 7:15 pm Wed. 10/17:  

Missoula International Airport issued this statement on parking and logistics: 

"Parking for the Presidential Visit will NOT be on Airport property.  It will be East of Northstar off Corporate way.  Shuttles from the remote parking area will start at 2:00 PM.  Please refrain from driving in front of the terminal unless picking up or dropping off passengers.

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