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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."

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.