Rosendale reverses course, drops Montana Senate bid

By Ally Mutnick, Olivia Beavers, Burgess Everett | 02/16/2024 06:34 AM EST

Republican Matt Rosendale had just launched his long-anticipated Senate bid last Friday.

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.).

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) during a Capitol Hill press conference in January. Francis Chung/POLITICO

GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale is dropping his Montana Senate bid less than a week after he officially launched it.

Rosendale had publicly explored a campaign for months, teasing his entrance into the race in conversations with like-minded Republicans.

But by the time he got in, it appeared already too late: Just hours after his entry, former President Donald Trump endorsed veteran Tim Sheehy. Rosendale said he concluded his path was irrevocably severed by the former president.


“As everyone knows, I have planned to run for the US Senate and to win both the primary and the general election,” Rosendale said in a statement. “However, the day I announced, President Trump then announced that he was endorsing a different candidate.”