Rosendale will seek reelection to Montana House seat after brief Senate bid

GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale will seek reelection to the House, he announced in a statement Wednesday.
Rosendale launched a Senate campaign earlier this month, only to drop it after less than a week following former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his primary opponent, Tim Sheehy.

But he was undecided on whether or not he would seek reelection to his eastern Montana House seat. Several candidates have filed, believing Rosendale would run for Senate. It’s not clear if they would remain in the primary even if the incumbent ran again.

Among those already in the race: former Rep. Denny Rehberg, state Auditor Troy Downing, state Senate President Pro Tem Ken Bogner and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen.

Rosendale is one of the eight House members who voted to depose Kevin McCarthy from the speakership. McCarthy and his allies have sought to target those incumbents, so Rosendale could experience further turbulence choosing to run again in the House.

Senate GOP leaders, who lined up behind Sheehy, are ecstatic that he will have a clear shot at defeating Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

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