Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - KGVO News received a tip from a reliable source over the weekend that Montana’s Eastern District Congressman Matt Rosendale will officially announce his intention this week to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Jon Tester.

KGVO has reached out to Congressman Rosendale for a comment if and when the official announcement is made.

Expecting an Announcement this week from Matt Rosendale

Others already in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate include political newcomer Tim Sheehey, former Navy SEAL and prominent Bozeman businessman, in addition to Brad Johnson, former Montana Public Service Commissioner and Montana Secretary of State; also listed as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Montana is Thomas Madigan of Billings.

Jon Tester has been in the U.S. Senate since 2006 and is up for Reelection

The incumbent, Jon Tester, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, defeating then Republican incumbent Conrad Burns. He won reelection in 2012 against U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg, and in 2018 against then Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale. He is running for reelection in 2024. There are no other Democrats running for the primary election in June.

According to the website OpenSecrets.org, the Treasure State PAC has raised over $19.3 million to help reelect Tester to his seat in the U.S. Senate. Groups contributing the most to the PAC are retired persons, Lawyers and law firms, Securities and Investment, Real Estate, and Education.

Those in the Race to Replace Rosendale in the U.S. House of Representatives

With the expected addition of Rosendale into the U.S. Senate Republican primary in June, others have announced their intention to replace him as the 2nd District Congressional Representative.

They include current Montana State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner Troy Downing, a U.S. Air Force veteran, current Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen, Joel Krauter of Sidney, Ric Holden from Glendive, Ken Bogner from Miles City, Ed Walker and Stacey Zinn from Billings, Kevin Hamm from Helena and Ming Cabrerra from Billings.

Independent Sid Daoud from Kalispell has filed as an independent in the House race.

In the First Congressional District, incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke is facing another challenge from Democrat Monica Tranel, who came close to upsetting the retired Navy SEAL and former Secretary of the Interior Zinke two years ago.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 4 with the general election on Tuesday, November 5.

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