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Zinke considering 2018 US senate run against Tester

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In this photo taken Oct. 20, 2016, Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke speaks with a supporter in Billings, Mont., as he campaigns for re-election to a second term as the state's sole representative in the U.S. House.

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke is considering a 2018 run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jon Tester.

The Whitefish Republican says he will be pressuring Tester in coming months to move toward the political center and work with Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump.

Zinke suggested in an interview with The Associated Press that he would run for Senate if Tester attempts to obstruct proposals for tighter border security and forest management changes.

Zinke was re-elected Nov. 8 to a second term as Montana's sole representative in the U.S. House.

American Commander, a book that Zinke co-authored about his career as a U.S. Navy SEAL, is due to be released Tuesday.

Tester said immediately after the recent election that he intends to seek a third six-year term.

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