Montana's eastern congressional district. Credit: Eric Dietrich / MTFP


The crowded Republican primary contest to replace retiring Congressman Matt Rosendale in Montana’s Eastern District U.S. House race is continuing to take shape.

Last Friday, former state lawmaker Ed Walker announced the suspension of his campaign, bringing the number of Republicans running in the primary down to eight. 

“After careful consideration, reflective prayer, and discussions with my family, I have made the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for Congress,” Walker said in a written statement. “I entered this race back in October, intent on ensuring that Montana’s 2nd congressional seat remained in conservative Republican hands, and that will continue to be my objective. Between Rep. Rosendale’s indecision about his own candidacy and the overly crowded primary field, it has been difficult for a grassroots conservative candidate to gain any traction in this race.”

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