03/26/2012 12:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jon Tester Up With First TV Ad In Senate Campaign

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has launched his first TV ad in his fight to hold on to his senate seat.

According to a Tester campaign press release, the ad features the senator "working his fields and fixing his combine on his farm near Big Sandy, Mont."


Being out here gives me perspective. The combine doesn't care if you're a senator, it breaks down when it wants to break down.

In Montana, we know what's important. Like cutting government waste. And protecting our freedoms. Putting Main Street ahead of Wall Street.

Sitting out here makes the partisanship out there seem pretty ridiculous. Montanans don't care which party gets the credit or the blame. That's why I'm focused on doing what's right for Montana. Always. I'm Jon Tester and I approve this message.

Even though Tester is just now releasing his first TV ad, outside spending in this high-profile senate race is already approaching $3 million. Tester is running against Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), and polls show the race is tight.

According to the Billings Gazette, the prominent ads going after Tester were paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS and the 60 Plus Association, which have spent more than $1.5 million combined. Citizens for Strength and Security and two wildlife and hunting groups, meanwhile, have spent $720,000 opposing Rehberg.