HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's campaign reports that it raised more than $1 million in the first quarter of what promises to be a long, expensive race against challenger Denny Rehberg.
Tester's office says it raised nearly $1.2 million in the first three months of the year and had about $1.5 million on hand. Rehberg's numbers were not immediately available.
Montana's Republican congressman announced early in the year he would be challenge the first-term Democratic senator in 2012. The race may be one of a handful that could determine control of the U.S. Senate.
It pits Rehberg, the undisputed leader of the Montana Republican Party, against Tester, who rode his populist appeal to the 2006 win over incumbent Conrad Burns.
A recent poll shows Rehberg and Tester about even.