Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester has formally announced he would seek reelection for his fourth term. This comes after the Senator caught fire in the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) ‘Retire of Get Fired’ campaign. The NRSC targeted Tester and fellow Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Joe Machin of West Virginia as they hold Senate seats in red states.
Tester said Wednesday that he would be running for reelection as the people in Washington D.C. “do not understand the challenges facing working families in his state.”
According to The Hill,
“I am running for re-election so I can keep fighting for Montanans and demand that Washington stand up for our veterans and lower costs,” he said. “Montanans need a fighter holding Washington accountable and I’m running to defend our Montana values.”
While Tester has continued to win reelection in the past, the state has largely been given to Republicans in the presidential election in both 2016 and 2020. Trump took the state in 2020 by over 16 points, showing while Tester remains popular amongst the state he will face a challenge. Especially as the NRSC continues to fight against him to take his seat for a Republican Senate majority.