Rosendale pulls ahead in race for Senate

UPDATE 11:23 pm: Republican Matt Rosendale surpasses Democratic Incumbent Jon Tester in the race for U.S. Senate by just over 2,000 votes.

UPDATE: Latest numbers show Rosendale and Tester neck and neck in the race for Montana's seat on the U.S. Senate. They are separated by a mere 1% and just under 4,000 votes.

Early numbers show Republican Candidate for Senate Matt Rosendale is falling behind Incumbent Democratic Candidate Jon Tester in the polls by about 13% of the counted votes so far. 

President Donald Trump has made four stops in the Treasure State, all to campaign for Senate hopeful, Matt Rosendale. The state auditor felt very confident early on Election Day saying he feels good about the highly contested race between he and incumbent Senator Jon Tester. 

Rosendale's watch party kicks off at 7:00 P.M. at the Delta Colonial Hotel in Helena. 

One of the biggest hurdles Rosendale has had to overcome is that some Montanans consider him to be an outsider. Opponents have nicknamed him "Maryland Matt." However, he has served in a Montana public role for more than a decade. He won a seat in the Montana State Legislator in 2010 where he served for several years. Most recently, he's served at State Auditor. 

If elected, Rosendale says he would uphold many of President Trump's values, especially where immigration and taxes are concerned. He claims Senator Jon Tester has lost his touch during his two terms in Washington, saying Montana needs fresh, Republican representation. 

The race between Tester is supposed to be a tight one. Polls close at 8:00 P.M. in the Treasure State. It likely won't be called until we approach Wednesday's early morning hours.

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