Tester Re-Elected Despite Trump's 'Personal Interest'

President really wanted Democrat to be defeated
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2018 1:05 PM CST
Jon Tester Wins Re-Election
Sen. Jon Tester surrounded by family and supporters, announces his victory Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 in Great Falls, Mont.   (Thom Bridge /Independent Record via AP)

(Newser) – Jon Tester has been re-elected to the Senate. The Montana Democrat beat Republican Matt Rosendale, the state auditor, to win his third term. President Trump had taken what the AP calls a "personal interest" in defeating Tester, visiting Montana to campaign against him at four rallies, plus sending his eldest son and Vice President Pence for other appearances. CNN refers to Trump's "intense focus" on Tester. Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, helped to derail Trump's first nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. (More in midterms: Georgia candidate is hoping for a runoff; Florida candidate is calling for a recount.)

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