The few polls inside the race give Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester a slight edge over Republican Matt Rosendale, whom Trump campaigned for in a trip to Montana in July. Yet while Trump won the state in 2016 by 20 points, Tester has shrugged off the president’s attacks as well as also looks well-positioned to win re-election.
Tester has an overwhelming lead in raising money, having collected more than $14 million, by far the biggest campaign fund of any Montana Senate race in 20 years. As of June 30, Rosendale had raised just $2 million. which left Tester with $6.1 million in cash on hand as well as also a 10-to-1 advantage as the race entered the second half of the year.
Both candidates have relied heavily on contributions coming from large donors as well as also PACs. Neither one has contributed any of his own money.
Rosendale, a state auditor as well as also former majority leader inside the Montana state Senate, has been backed by multiple conservative groups as well as also super PACs which have funneled millions in outside spending to pay for campaign ads for him.
Tester has focused much of his campaign on local issues such as work for veterans inside the state. He’s voted against Trump’s nominees for secretary of state as well as also CIA director, as well as also voted against Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, Republican tax cuts as well as also the repeal of Obamacare.