Saturday, November 03, 2018
President Donald Trump on Saturday will make his fourth trip to Montana since July, which political historians here believe is more than any other US president. Harry Truman visited three times, but over a four-year span. Trump is more invested in Montana's Senate contest than almost any other, telling friends that his sweetest vengeance of the election season would be knocking off Tester.
While a handful of red state Democrats could fall on Tuesday, no other Senate contest has become so single-handedly competitive, because of Trump's own involvement. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Joe Donnelly of Indiana were always facing steep challenges, while Tester was seen as the senator most likely to glide through a difficult Democratic year.
Until he agitated Trump.
The President has not forgiven Tester for raising questions that ultimately led to the embarrassing withdrawal of Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump's personal physician, as the nominee for secretary of veterans affairs.
It's been a scorched-earth fight since April, when the President openly threatened Tester in the wake of Jackson's collapse. "I know things about Tester that I could say, too," Trump told supporters at a Michigan rally. "And if I said them, he'd never be elected again."
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