Judge throws Green Party off Montana ballot in boost for Democratic Sen. Jon Tester

Democrats could breathe more easily Tuesday after a judge ordered the Montana Green Party to be removed from the November ballot, upending a threat from the left to Sen. Jon Tester’s critical re-election bid.

Helena District Court Judge James P. Reynolds issued his ruling after invalidating dozens of signatures on Green Party petitions in what came as a victory for the Montana Democratic Party, which sued in April to have the signatures jettisoned.

“He managed to throw out exactly enough to get us off the ballot,” Danielle Breck, Montana Green Party coordinator, told The Washington Times.