Rosendale ends Montana Senate run less than a week after campaign launch

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) dropped his bid for Montana Senate on Thursday, less than a week after announcing a run, according to a source working on the campaign. 

The conservative congressman had been testing the waters and had been publicly teasing a campaign for months. He announced his Senate run Friday, entering a primary to eventually take on vulnerable incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), a Democrat he previously lost to by 3 points in 2018.

His failed run fueled concerns from national Republicans over his viability in another general election race, and GOP leadership had coalesced around Tim Sheehy, a former Navy SEAL. Rosendale’s entrance into the race defied the wishes of national Republicans who hoped to avoid a bitter primary in the must-win state. It’s still unclear what caused the
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