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President Trump plans Billings rally

Posted at 12:28 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 14:48:49-04

HELENA – President Trump is coming to Montana for the second time this summer, for a campaign rally next Thursday in Billings, MTN News has learned.

The president will be at the MetraPark Arena for a public rally, where he’s expected to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, who’s challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Trump was in Great Falls July 5, when he headlined a similar rally on behalf of Rosendale. More than 6,000 people attended that event at the Four Seasons Arena, where Trump spoke for nearly an hour.

Montana’s two Republican congressional members, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, also attended.

The Trump White House has said the president intends to be actively campaigning this fall in the midterm elections, particularly in states featuring competitive U.S. Senate races.

Republicans hold a 50-49 edge in the Senate, but Democrats are defending numerous seats in states won by Trump in the 2016 election.

Trump won Montana by 20 percentage points and Tester, a Democrat running for a third consecutive term, is considered one of the more vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the nation.

He faces Rosendale, the state insurance commissioner, and Libertarian Rick Breckenridge in the general election.

Story by Mike Dennison, MTN News