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Trump to visit Missoula, rally for Sen. Tester challenger Matt Rosendale this month

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018

From staff reports

President Donald Trump is expected to visit Missoula on Oct. 18 to rally support for a Republican candidate in a U.S. Senate race, according to news outlets in the area.

The Great Falls Tribune reported Thursday that a Republican official had confirmed the visit. In a news release, and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies were meeting with U.S. Secret Service agents for a “potential” visit.

The White House has not confirmed the visit, and a location and time of a rally has not been announced.

The focal point of Missoula, one of the more liberal cities in the state, is the race between incumbent U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Matt Rosendale.

“Sen. Tester thinks President Trump’s visit to Montana could be a great opportunity to discuss the challenges facing rural America by visiting Montana veterans facilities,” said Luke Jackson, spokesman for Tester’s campaign, in a statement.

It will be Trump’s third time stumping in Montana this year. Earlier this year, he held rallies in Billings and Great Falls. He has thrown his support behind Rosendale in his run against Tester in the Nov. 6 election, and Rep. Greg Gianforte, who is running against Democrat Kathleen Williams.

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