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Abramoff Scandal
Sen. Burns faces Republican primary challenge


Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana), whose ties to Jack Abramoff have dogged his re-election campaign, is facing a Republican primary challenge.

State Sen. Bob Keenan said yesterday he has filed to run against Burns. Keenan, who can't seek re-election in the state Senate due to term limits, represented District 38, which has a 2.6 percent Indian population, according to the state [District 38 Profile].

Four Democrats are in the race as well. The leading candidates in that field are state Sen. Jon Tester and John Morrison, the state auditor. The most recent poll show Tester and Morrison beating Burns in a hypothetical matchup.

Burns has said he will stay in the race. But the recent poll shows Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) and former governor Marc Racicot (R) winning the election if Burns drops out.

Get the Story:
GOP Sen. Burns Faces Primary Challenge (AP 3/21)
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Tester files for Senate (The Missoulian 3/21)

Vanity Fair:
Washington's Invisible Man (April 2006)

Relevant Links:
Conrad Burns for Senate - http://www.conradburns.com
Sen. Conrad Burns - http://burns.senate.gov
Montana Republican Party - http://www.mtgop.org
Montana Democratic Party - http://www.montanademocrats.org

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