By Tim Leeds 

Gopher considers entering Montana race for Congress


Missoula Democrat Melinda Gopher has announced she is exploring the idea of challenging the two declared candidates for Montana's U. S. Senate seat in 2012.

Gopher, of Missoula, posted Monday on a blog that she wants to find out what support there would be for her candidacy.

Incumbent Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, now faces Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, who announced in February he would run for Tester's seat.

In her blog entry, Gopher cited a recent poll showing Rehberg and Tester in a dead heat.

"Only 1 percentage point separates the two, " she blogged, "this is no surprise from those...

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