Montana Republican Congressman Matt Rosendale drops out of the U.S. Senate race after former President Donald Trump endorses his opponent, Tim Sheehy.
Why it matters
The withdrawal of a Republican candidate from a Senate race following a high-profile endorsement highlights the influence of Donald Trump in shaping party dynamics and candidate selection.
What the papers say
The Independent reports Rosendale's abrupt drop-out, citing his statement about Trump's endorsement. The New York Times emphasizes the potential divisiveness of the primary race and the significance of the Montana Senate race in the battle for control of the chamber. AP News provides background on Rosendale's entry into the race and the alignment of Republican leaders behind Tim Sheehy. Politico highlights the involvement of Speaker Mike Johnson and the rapid backlash over his rumored endorsement of Rosendale.
How we got here
Matt Rosendale, a right-wing candidate, entered the Montana Senate race, setting off a potentially divisive primary battle. His withdrawal came less than a week after he formally entered the race, following former President Trump's endorsement of his opponent, Tim Sheehy.
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