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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Tester Wins

Posted by James L.

Wow. What a fantastic showing of broad support for Jon Tester tonight. From longshot to upstart to competitor to steamroller, Jon Tester has, without a doubt, scored an absolutely stunning victory in Montana tonight. On Dec. 31, 2004, when Swing State Project dropped his name for the first time, few could foresee that Tester, an organic farmer from Big Sandy, could absolutely wallop one of the most popular and well-funded Democrats in the state, Auditor John Morrison, and do so without slingling mud, without creating an intra-party rift, or without a massive warchest. Jon Tester accomplished what he did today by getting people to genuinely like him, which is a damn rare thing in politics these days. And that's exactly how he's going to convince Montana voters that he should be the next Senator from Montana.

The rebirth of the Democratic Party begins in Big Sky Country.

Posted at 12:54 AM in 2006 Elections - Senate, Montana | Technorati

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Great post, James. It's Tester Time, baby!

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 7, 2006 01:32 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

The Big Sky is supposed to be blue! YEAH!

Posted by: The Caped Composer [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 7, 2006 09:36 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I had no dog in the Tester vs Morrison race, but the news I've gathered so far on races in the state legislature seems better in Montana than in South Dakota. All four of the youngsters running with the endorsement of the Big Sky group won their primaries.

It's an almost complete debacle in South Dakota downballot primary races. A slate of four pro-choice Native American candidates formed late, so had the devil of a time getting their message out. Two won, 2 lost.

Contrast this with the surprise upsets engineered by right-wing anti-choice organizers, who mounted a blitz attack on GOP lawmakers who voted against the Draconian anti-abortion law. The most prominent pro-choice GOP legislator lost his seat last night, and so did several others who voted the "wrong" way. Unless pro-choice forces organize fast and effectively, the South Dakota state legislature will be substantially *more* anti-choice than it already is, after the November elections.

Posted by: Christopher Walker [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 7, 2006 02:14 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment