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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:12 AM

How did Tester win? Big margins in cities – and some help from friends

HELENA — When the dust finally settled Wednesday morning on Montana’s epic U.S. Senate race, Sen. Jon Tester was the clear winner — despite having had a target on his back as a “most vulnerable” Democrat in a conservative state.

How did he do it?

It wasn’t because of any big mistakes by his chief opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, who ran a disciplined, focused campaign that cast Tester as a big-spending, tax-raising, regulation-loving acolyte of President Barack Obama, who isn’t the most popular guy in Montana.

For many reasons, the charges just didn’t stick — and Tester ran a pretty good campaign himself, rolling up huge margins in nearly all of Montana’s major cities and winning key groups of voters.

And while Tester was under relentless fire from TV ads by outside groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, he had a little help from his own friends – labor, environmentalists, women’s groups – who not only bought some TV but also ran an aggressive, widespread ground game on his behalf.



http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/reporter-s-notebook-how-did-tester-win-big-margins-in/article_e0d351c8-4b02-527e-aae9-4e11895637ef.html#ixzz2BuKXOIx2

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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:36 AM

1. Ground game and people u know make a big difference

than an ad commercial. Most of them are completely ignored. I know I turn off the "pay attention" mode to the political ads when they came on. They were literally back to back in FL. Also, I like to DVR lot's of my shows so I can watch on my time.... That way I could fast forward thru all the smarmy, smirky Romney ads.

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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:38 AM

2. Have we forgotten his opponents praise of lobbyists..

Now Rehberg , likely get to be one.. Rehberg was leading before he opened his big mouth and out came the truth..
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Denny Rehberg, GOP Senate Candidate, Said Lobbyists Are 'Solution,' Government Is 'Enemy'

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/denny-rehberg-lobbyists_n_1834906.html

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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:15 AM

3. I'm delighted to have Jon Tester as a member of the Democratic Senate Majority for Six More Years!

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