With former at-large Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Whitefish) now the US Interior Secretary and 2016 gubernatorial nominee Greg Gianforte (R) in the House of Representatives after winning the late May special election, the Republican leadership is still searching to find a strong opponent for Sen. Jon Tester (D). The two-term incumbent will be seeking re-election next year. The process will continue because Attorney General Tim Fox (R), who was next in line for the Senate nomination, indicated yesterday that he will not. The two who are running, state Sen. Al Olszewski and businessman Troy Downing, are clearly not who the Republican leadership has in mind for the general election and desires an upgrade of their Big Sky challenger prospects.
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