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Montana Republican Ends Re-Election Bid

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On Friday, Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale (R) announced he is ending his re-election campaign and will retire at the end of his term.

The unexpected news comes after a chaotic few weeks for the Montana Republican. In February, he launched a Senate campaign, which he suspended days later after former President Trump endorsed his primary opponent. Instead, Rosendale pivoted to running for another term in Congress. (RELATED: Congressman Drops Out Of Senate Race Days After Launching Bid)

In a statement posted on X, Rosendale referenced a death threat against him and “defamatory rumors” targeting him and his family that surfaced after suspending his Senate bid.

“Since that announcement, I have been forced to have law enforcement visit my children because of a death threat against me and false and defamatory rumors against me and my family. This has taken a serious toll on me, and my family. Additionally, it has caused a serious disruption to the election of the next representative for MT-02,” Rosendale wrote.

“To me, public service has truly always been about serving, not titles or positions of power. The current attacks have made it impossible for me to focus on my work to serve you. So, in the best interest of my family and the community, I am withdrawing from the House race and will not be seeking office,” he added.

In February, Rosendale released a similar statement explaining the quick decision to end his campaign.

“Instead of one of those phony statements from politicians, here’s my statement on why I’m withdrawing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate,” Rosendale said in a statement. “As everyone knows, I have planned to run for the U.S. Senate and to win both the primary and the general election. However, the day I announced, President Trump then announced that he was endorsing a different candidate.”

“I have long been a supporter of the president, and remain so,” he continued. “But I have been forced to calculate what my chances of success would be with Trump supporting my opponent. This race was already going to be tough, as I was fighting against Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican establishment in Washington. But I felt like I could beat them, as the voters do not agree with them choosing who would be the next U.S. Senator from Montana.”

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