For the first time all night, Tester speaks to the crowd gathered at his viewer party as the race for Montana's seat on the U.S. Senate tightens. Rosendale and Tester are separated by a mere 1% and just under 4,000 votes.
Early numbers show Incumbent Senate Candidate Jon Tester holds the lead against Republican Candidate Matt Rosendale by about 18% of the counted votes.
Senator Jon Tester held his watch party at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls. It has been a tight race between Tester and Republican opponent Matt Rosendale.
Polling projections have remained close throughout the race, with Tester maintaining the lead pretty consistently.
The most recent poll from the University of Montana found a slightly larger gap, with Tester winning at 49 percent and Matt Rosendale at 39 percent.
We spoke with Senator Tester on Monday about the numbers, and he said he felt good about them but says the only numbers that count are on Election Day.
We also asked Tester about President Trump’s four visits to Montana. He said that he is glad he got to see Montana and hopes he comes back to learn about issues in the Treasure State.
Tester was first elected to the State Senate in 1998 and the U.S. Senate in 2006. He is 62 years old and is married to Sharla Tester, with children Shon and Christine. Tester runs his family’s farm in Big Sandy and taught music at an elementary school.
Stay tuned throughout the night. We have a crew at the Holiday Inn and will bring you the latest information as we get it.