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Endangered Democrat: 'This Isn't About the Presidential Race'

5:54 PM, Apr 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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On MSNBC Thursday, Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) was asked whether President Barack Obama being at the top of the ticket in November would be a "drag" on Tester's reelection chances. Watch the video below:

"The president isn't particularly doing well in a state like Montana," Tester said. "But this isn't about the presidential race. This is about a U.S. Senate race in Montana."

A first-term senator, Tester is considered one of the most endangered Democrats of the 2012 cycle. After winning a razor-thin victory in 2006 against scandal-plagued Republican Conrad Burns, Tester has been a reliable Democratic vote in the Senate. In his first television ad, Tester tried to sell himself as a true-blue Montanan fighting for his state's interests in Washington, even as the Democrat has been dogged by reports of his close ties to K Street lobbyists.

And as Tester told MSNBC, Obama is very unpopular in Montana--under 34 percent approval in 2011, according to Gallup. That certainly can't help anyone running in Montana with a "D" after his name on the ballot.

Republican congressman Denny Rehberg is challenging Tester for the seat.

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