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One of the House Republicans who joined with Democrats to vote for the ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy as House speaker last year has his eye on a Senate seat in November.
Montana Republican Matt Rosendale is expected to announce another run for the seat he tried to win in 2018, according to a Wednesday article from The New York Times.
Rosendale could announce a run “as soon as this weekend,” the outlet reported, citing three unnamed sources it described as “people familiar with the deliberations who insisted on anonymity to discuss unannounced plans.”
Rosendale would face a primary against the pick of “more traditional Republican leaders in Washington,” businessman and retired Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy, whom some members of the Republican establishment believe will be more attractive to moderate voters in the deeply red state.
Montana went for former President Donald Trump by more than 16 points in 2020 and by more than 20 points in 2016.
That primary could damage whichever Republican wins it, the Times suggested, and would certainly deplete Republican war chests in a state many believe to be the best chance for a Republican Senate pickup in November.
Three-term Democrat Sen. Jon Tester will face off against whoever prevails in the Republican primary.
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