Montana GOP lawmaker quickly drops Senate bid, citing Trump's endorsement of opponent - EVOL

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Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale files paperwork to run for U.S. Senate on Feb. 9 at the state Capitol in Helena, Mt. Rosendale announced Thursday, Feb. 15, that he was ending his campaign after former President Donald Trump endorsed his Republican opponent, former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy. Matthew Brown/AP

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Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale has ended his bid for the U.S. Senate less than a week after he officially launched his campaign.

First reported by Politico, Rosendale announced the decision Thursday, citing former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his GOP primary opponent, Tim Sheehy. Sheehy, a Bozeman businessman and veteran, is also backed by Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, who’s spearheading efforts to flip the U.S. Senate.

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 16, 2024

Rosendale said in a statement he lacks resources and that the “hill was just too steep to climb.”

The seat in question is held by incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. Montana Democratic Party Chair Sheila Hogan said in a statement that Rosendale was right to challenge



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