Montana Democrat Tester Wins, Tying Senate
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The Democratic challenger in Montana, Jon Tester, won the race for the United States Senate today, leaving only Virginia to face an uncertain outcome in a tight midterm election race that is not expected to be decided for days or weeks.
The attention was focused today on the battle for the Senate after the House came out clearly in Democratic hands after Tuesday’s race. But the uncertainty of the races in Virginia or Montana left open the prospect of recounts that were likely to be lengthy.
After new figures pushed his lead to about 3,000 early this afternoon, Mr. Tester declared victory, but the Republican, Senator Conrad Burns, who has been trailing his challenger with more than 99 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, had not conceded.
Mr. Tester said in a live television interview with CNN today that he was “absolutely” declaring himself the winner. “We feel good about winning this election,” he said. “We feel good about going to Washington, D.C.”
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