Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, Declares His Re-Election Bid

Sen. John Tester (D-Montana) kicked out his re-election campaign on Wednesday, substantially boosting the Democrats’ 2024 hopes of retaining their thin Senate majority. “It is confirmed. The self-described seven-figure farmer tweeted, “I’m running for re-election.” “Montanans require a fighter who will hold our government accountable and demand that Washington defend veterans and reduce costs for families. I will always work to defend the principles of Montana. Let’s get to work.” The news that Tester, 66, will run for a fourth term comes as supporters grew concerned that the popular legislator may retire, potentially easing the path for Republican opponents. Over the past two years, the former music teacher has been the sole Democrat to occupy a statewide office in Montana.