Rep. Matt Rosendale Ends Campaign After Less Than a Week

( – US Congressman Matt Rosendale ended his bid to move to the US Senate after just several days due to competition with former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy. Rosendale, who has represented Montana in the House since 2021, dropped out of the Senate race after former US President Donald Trump endorsed Sheehy over him.

Rosendale said in a statement that Trump’s endorsement of Sheehy forced him to recalculate his chances of success in the election. Sheehy is also backed by National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman Steve Daines, who currently holds one of Montana’s seats in the US Senate. Rosendale and Sheehy were vying to take the second seat from Democrat Jon Tester.

The backing of the NRSC provides Sheehy with greater fundraising and communications resources. Rosendale’s campaign was already fighting against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the “Republican establishment,” the lawmaker’s statement said. Nevertheless, Rosendale noted that he and Daines agreed that Republicans stand the best chance of winning the seat if Sheehy runs unopposed.

Rosendale launched his Senate bid on February 9 and withdrew his candidacy on February 15. Rosendale said that he will “prayerfully consider” his next move, leaving questions about whether he will run for reelection to his seat in the House of Representatives. Trump said that he would endorse Rosendale if he were to run for reelection to the House.

Despite clashing on the campaign trail, Sheehy praised Rosendale following his decision to end his Senate bid. Montana is grateful for Rosendale’s service, Sheehy said, adding that the two Republicans can work together to defeat Tester.

Rosendale lost to Tester in Montana’s 2018 US Senate race. A poll conducted prior to Rosendale’s departure from the race showed Tester leading both him and Sheehy by nine percentage points.

Only time will tell whether Trump and the Republican establishment’s decision to back Sheehy will pay off in their effort to secure a Republican majority in the US Senate in 2024.

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