Montana Voters Reject Trump’s Pupet, Re-elect Democrat Jon Tester In Senate Race
Democratic Sen. Jon Tester will win a third term in the Senate, overcoming millions of outside spending and an intense focus on the race from President Donald Trump.
Tester, like other Democrats running in red states, was widely seen as a vulnerable candidate due to the fact Trump won the state by 20 points just two years ago. But the people of Montana send a message to the president by re-electing Tester.
Tester routinely pledged throughout the campaign to work with Trump when needed. But his relationship with the president frayed after Tester led the charge against Ronny L. Jackson, the former White House physician who Trump picked to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversaw Jackson’s confirmation, accused Jackson of handing out prescriptions “like candy” on foreign trips, accusations that eventually sunk his nomination.
As noted by CNN, The process irked Trump, and the President traveled to the state four times this campaign season to rally against Tester and tout Rosendale. During the events, Trump particularly hammered the Democrats’ handling of the Jackson confirmation.
“I can never forget what Jon Tester did to a man that’s of the highest quality,” Trump said in October. “What Tester did was unfair, what he did was vicious, what he did was … almost, almost, if this is believable, worse.”
Trump’s attack didn’t work.