Politico reports that U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) has decided to seek reelection.
Democrats are celebrating the decision.
Politico and the Washington Post refer to Tester's decision as a "major boost."
Read on to see why.
The 66-year-old Tester announced his decision to seek reelection on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
It's official. I'm running for reelection.
Montanans need a fighter that will hold our government accountable and demand Washington stand up for veterans and lower costs for families. I will always fight to defend our Montana values. Let's get to work.
— Jon Tester (@jontester) February 22, 2023
Tester is now seeking his fourth term as a U.S. Senator.
CBS News reports:
As a third-generation farmer and former music teacher, Tester has leaned on a folksy speaking style and populist-themed messages to overcome his Republican opponents in each of the last three elections. He narrowly prevailed each time by drawing independents and centrist Republicans while distancing himself from party leaders in Washington.
His fellow Democrats are now hoping that Tester will have another success. But, it might not be that easy this time.
Democrats are facing a significant uphill battle in 2024. In fact, many experts are already predicting that they will not be able to maintain their control of the U.S. Senate.
A large part of the reason for this stems from the number of seats that the Senate Democrats will have up for reelection in 2024. That number is 22. Senate Republicans, on the other hand, will only have half as many seats up for reelection.
In addition to the numbers, the other problem that the Democrats have is the location of the Senate seats that are up for reelection. Many of the seats are either in reliably red states or in swing states. In other words, Senate Republicans will have a legitimate opportunity to flip a number of seats.
It is already well-known that Testor's seat is among those Senate seats that Republicans will be pushing hard to flip. This is why leftist outlets such as the Washington Post are celebrating Tester's decision to seek reelection: it means the Democrats have a better chance of holding that seat than if a less-known Democrat had to defend the seat.
Still, in Montana, things have been swinging to the right for some time now, and every indication would seem to suggest that Tester will not have an easy time trying to hold on to his seat.