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Matt Rosendale wins Montana GOP Senate primary

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HELENA, Mont. -

Montana State Auditor Matthew Rosendale has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the race to challenge Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in November.
  
Rosendale defeated three other candidates in Tuesday's GOP primary. The 57-year-old has support from deep-pocketed Republican donors who want to deny Tester a third term.
  
The campaign grew heated when former Judge Russ Fagg said Rosendale would go easy on "illegal immigrants who commit murder." Political committees backing Rosendale hit back with attacks on Fagg's judicial record.
  
The race between Rosendale and Tester will be under a spotlight. President Donald Trump vowed to make Tester pay for sinking his nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  
Trump's remarks prompted a flood of outside money on ads blasting Tester and propping up Rosendale.

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