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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.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

On the eve of President Trump’s fourth visit to Montana since July to campaign against Sen. Jon Tester, the Defense Department says it is continuing to investigate charges of professional misconduct by Rear Admiral Ronny L. Jackson. 

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.

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.

The Kavanaugh effect is tightening the Senate race; new ads are getting nastier; debates are sharpening candidates’ profiles and messages; and Libertarian candidates could impact the outcome of close races. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin analyze this week's campaign news now, on "Campaign Beat."

President Trump at his Great Falls, MT campagin rally, July 5, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

President Donald Trump stumped in Great Falls Thursday afternoon hitting on the highlights of his first year and half in office and, once in a while, railing against Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester.

There were lots of thumbs ups, ‘Make America Great Again’ hats, shirts, and banners. The occasional Q-anon reference, and other signs or gear reading ‘Drain The Swamp’, ‘Trump - Pence’, ‘Women For Trump’ and, in preparation for the run in 2020, ‘Keep America Great.’

A crowd gathers in Great Falls, MT ahead of President Trump's campaign rally, July 5, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

President Trump will be in Great Falls this afternoon to campaign against Senator Jon Tester.

The two-term Democratic incumbent says he welcomes the visit.

Senator Jon Tester recording a video message in his Washington, DC office in May
Eric Whitney

Democratic Senator Jon Tester was in Missoula Friday to rally his campaign staff and volunteers ahead of President Donald Trump visiting the state on Thursday

"A day of action," is what he asked them to help him with. "A day of action July fifth. If anybody is not out camping and you're in town and you can knock on a few doors and drop a few door cards I'd really appreciate it."

https://www.donaldjtrump.com

President Donald Trump’s campaign website today confirmed he will appear at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls next Thursday.

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