By Eric Dietrich 

In Eastern district U.S. House race, it's Rosendale versus the idealists

Republican Matt Rosendale is the clear favorite for re-election in Montana's newly drawn Eastern district. That isn't stopping a slate of challengers from pitching voters on more moderate politics.


Credit: Eric Dietrich / MTFP

On paper at least, Montana's newly drawn Eastern U.S. House district is Matt Rosendale's to lose.

The incumbent U.S. congressman, elected to represent the whole state by a 12-point margin in 2020, had his re-election bid endorsed by former President Donald Trump in November and by the Montana Republican Party in February, four weeks before the deadline for candidates to file for the June 7 primary.

With Montana's left-leaning university towns drawn into the Western district, Rosendale is running this year in a heavily Republican-favored district that Trump won by 27 percentage points in 2020....

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