(ConservativeSense.com) – A former Navy SEAL has raised millions for his campaign to unseat Democrat Senator Jon Tester in Montana. Republican Tim Sheehy told Fox News that he had accumulated $2.45 million in the fourth fundraising quarter and said he was in his strongest position yet. Mr. Sheehy added that the show of support from “America first” patriots indicates that Montanans are ready to remove a “career politician” and replace him with a SEAL who will fight to “reboot our economy, defeat inflation, and secure our southern border.”
A memo to donors said that voters are responding well to Sheehy’s military background but also warned of potential Republican challenges, specifically from Rep. Matt Rosendale, who is considering a run for the Senate seat.
Senator Tester responded and told Fox that his campaign has raised $5.5 million, including 15,000 voter donations. Campaign manager Shelbi Dantic said Mr. Tester is a third-generation “dirt farmer” who understands Montanans and will “always protect our Montana values.”
On his campaign website, Sheehy describes himself as a husband, father, combat veteran, and entrepreneur. He has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere and has been awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for Heroism in Combat and the Purple Heart Medal.
His wife, Carmen, is also a military veteran who served in the US Marines, and the couple is raising their four children on a 20,000-acre Montana cattle ranch. Mr. Sheehy founded Bridger Aerospace in 2014, starting out in a barn on his property. Today, the company employs 200 Montanans.
Sheehy’s rival, Jon Tester, has held his Senate seat since 2007 and is the only Democrat to hold statewide office in the Treasure State. Despite winning Montana by double-digits, Donald Trump has so far been unable to persuade people to unseat Tester. Trump openly criticizes the Senator and has called on him to resign, but his defenders say Mr. Tester has created a unique Montanan image and identity that voters warm to.
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