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Tester files

Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester files at the Secretary of State's office to get his name on the ballot for re-election.

With 16 staples in his head after a fall at his Big Sandy farm, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester filed to get his name on the ballot in Montana for his re-election bid.

Accompanied by his wife, daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren, Tester signed the paperwork at the Secretary of State's office and paid his $1,740 filing fee.

Tester is seeking his third term in what is expected to be one of the most competitive Senate races in the country as Democrats try to retake control of the upper chamber.

Of his fall and stitches, Tester said farmers "tend to be a little-hard heading, so we'll be OK."

So far Troy Downing, a Bozeman businessman; Russ Fagg, a former Yellowstone County judge; state Sen. Albert Olszewski, of Kalispell; and state auditor Matt Rosendale have filed with the Secretary of State to run against Tester.

Tester has raised $9.4 million through Dec. 31, significantly more than his opponents.

Downing has raised $860,000, though $650,000 has come from his own funds. Rosendale had raised $765,000, Fagg brought in $615,000 and Olszewski $210,000, including $100,000 from the candidate.

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State Bureau reporter for The Independent Record.

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