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Posted in2023 Legislature

Senate passes bill creating top-two primary in Tester’s 2024 U.S. Senate race

Republicans in the Montana Senate Monday revived and endorsed previously stalled legislation that would provide for a top-two primary in the 2024 race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jon Tester. 

Senate Bill 566, sponsored by Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, is meant to be a “test run” of a new democratic process in the state, Hertz said. The Senate State Administration Committee voted to table the bill Friday evening, but took it off the table Monday morning and passed the legislation on to the full Senate, where it received a favorable vote mostly on party lines.