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Montana Senate race



First elected in 1988; seeking fourth full term; Burns was nominated with 71 percent of the vote in a four-way primary.

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NRSC profile

  • Born: Jan. 25, 1935; Gallatin, Mo.
  • Family: Married (Phyllis); two children.
  • Education: University of Missouri, 1952-54.
  • Professional career: Radio and TV broadcaster, 1968-86.
  • Military career: Marine Corps, 1955-57.
  • Election history: Yellowstone County commissioner, 1986-88.



Tester, the state Senate president, was nominated with 61 percent of the vote in a five-way primary.

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DSCC profile

  • Born: Aug. 21, 1956; Havre, Mont.
  • Family: Married (Sharla); two children.
  • Education: University of Great Falls, B.S., 1978
  • Professional career: Organic grain farmer, 1980-present; Chouteau County Farm Service Agency, 1990-95; Big Sandy School Board trustee, 1983-1992; School Board chairman, 1986-91; elementary school music teacher; 1978-80.
  • Military career: None.
  • Election history: State Senate, 1999-present; state Senate president, 2005-present; minority leader, 2002-04; minority whip, 2000-02.