Montana Senate: Rehberg Moves Race to Toss-Up

February 1, 2011 · 11:19 AM EST

With Cong. Denny Rehberg set to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Republicans got their best possible candidate to take on first-term Sen. Jon Tester (D). Rehberg has been elected statewide in Montana’s at-large congressional district for a decade and early public polling shows him running even or slightly ahead of the incumbent. For now, we’re moving the race to Toss-Up.

GOP businessman Steve Daines is set to switch from the Senate race to Rehberg’s open House seat. It remains to be seen who else gets into that race but for now the seat remains currently safe for Republicans.