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Montana’s Sen. Russ Tempel, R-Chester, and Havre Democrat Paul Tuss on modern politics

Neither Tempel nor Tuss attacked the other during their campaigns.

"Why would I do that?" Tempel asked. "He was a good candidate."

Two long-time acquaintances and collaboraters, even friends, faced off in this month’s general election and had some comments about modern campaigning, the negative turn it has taken and what – if anything – can be done about it.

Sen. Russ Tempel, R-Chester, and Havre Democrat Paul Tuss were talking about the campaign even before the interview in Havre started Sunday, commiserating about how to track down all of their campaign signs and how to get them removed.

With a few provisional ballots yet to be counted, the uncanvassed total in absentee and poll ballots gave Tempel the win by 139 votes in a very close race, 4,493-4,354.

Tuss congratulated Tempel Sunday on his victory.

By Tim Leeds

https://www.havredailynews.com/story/2018/11/13/local/tempel-and-tuss-on-modern-politics/521296.html?fbclid=IwAR1i9LGD7AIC8rfpSHGA7AFxomR5kIfTaxcwn0d–xWA_4-P-fIYJNQEFlM

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