This U.S. Senate candidate’s move just left Chuck Schumer fuming
If Democrats have any chance of taking control of the U.S. Senate, they must keep Sen. Jon Tester’s seat in Montana.
The bad news for the “blue wave” is President Trump won the Big Sky State by 20 percent in 2016.
And now one candidate just made a move that could turn this race – and control of the U.S. Senate – on its head.
Democrat incumbent Jon Tester has maintained a slim lead over his Republican challenger, Matt Rosendale.
But that could all change.
A Libertarian Party candidate has dropped out of the race and endorsed Republican Matt Rosendale.
In his announcement, Libertarian Rick Breckenridge said, “The reality is I’m only going to get three or four percent of the vote, and [Rosendale] has the character to combat this issue. I’m standing in unity and solidarity with Matt to combat dark money in politics.”
Breckenridge’s announcement comes on the heels of a suspicious illegal campaign mailer that was designed to siphon votes from Rosendale to the third party candidate.
The mailer did not identify who paid for it, a violation of federal election laws.
Fox News reports:
The move came after an anonymous campaign mailer from an unknown group, which is a violation of state and federal election laws, went out to people in a bid to garner support for the Libertarian candidate and thus undermine Rosendale’s election chances.
“Matt Rosendale wants to use drones and patrols to spy on our private lives,” the mailer read. “Rick Breckenridge is a true conservative and opposes government intrusion into Montanans’ private lives.”
It remains unclear who’s responsible for the mailer, but the tactic resembles the efforts by Democratic groups that supported Tester’s 2012 bid, where a mailer was sent out to promote another libertarian candidate.
Tester won that race by 4 percentage points thanks to the Libertarian candidate who received over 6 percent of the vote – just enough votes to swing the election if the votes had gone to the Republican candidate at the time.
This development means the Montana race is a true tossup.
And it could be the final nail in the coffin for Chuck Schumer’s hopes of becoming Senate Majority Leader.
Democrats need to flip at least two Senate seats to gain control. And they can’t afford to lose Montana.