Sen. Jon Tester pushes to make race about Montana, not Trump

Sen. Jon Tester pushes to make race about Montana, not Trump
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana leads a crowd in a cheer during a rally in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Tester, a Democrat is running for re-election against Republican challenger Matt Rosendale. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is falling back on a well-worn strategy in his pursuit of a third term: make the election about Montana, not Washington.

A feud with President Donald Trump, triggered by the lawmaker’s opposition to Trump’s choice for Veterans Affairs secretary, has blossomed into an all-out presidential campaign to defeat the incumbent Democrat.

Trump’s trying to install Republican Matt Rosendale and is making a record fourth visit to the state Saturday.

Tester has responded by changing the subject, reminding voters he understands rural issues and is a lifetime Montana resident and farmer.

Rosendale’s primary strategy has been to link himself to Trump and Tester to liberal Democrats.

A Rosendale victory would give Montana an all-GOP congressional delegation and could cement the party’s control of the Senate.

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