In the GOP U.S. Senate primary race, do Montana roots matter?

HELENA – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Russ Fagg says he has an advantage over two of his competitors in the upcoming GOP primary, that he had nothing to do with: He was born in Montana.

Fagg, a former state district judge, says his status as a Montana native takes away a point of attack he thinks Democratic Sen. Jon Tester could use this fall against two other Republicans who are somewhat recent transplants to the state.

“It just takes that issue off the table in November,” he told MTN News in a recent interview. “Jon cannot say I’m a rich out-of-stater who moved to Montana to try to begin my political career, like he can with Matt or Troy.”