Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) announced Friday that he will run for Senate in Montana, defying the wishes of national Republicans who hoped to avoid a bitter primary in the must-win state.
Rosendale, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, has become a lightning rod for controversy in Congress. He is one of eight Republicans who voted to depose Speaker Kevin McCarthy last year.
But he drew increasing alarm, and anger, as it became apparent he would follow through with an attempted rematch of his 2018 race against the incumbent Democrat, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), in November.
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Rosendale lost that race by 3 points, fueling concerns from national Republicans over his viability in another general election race. Institutional support has instead gone to Tim Sheehy, a