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Former VP Biden headlines MT Dems’ annual fundraising dinner

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Montana Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner here in March.

Biden, a former U.S. senator from Delaware and vice president for eight years under President Barack Obama, will headline the state party’s Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Helena on March 10, the party confirmed.

“We’re proud to have Vice President Biden join us to kick off what will be an exciting election year for Democrats here in Big Sky Country,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the state Democratic Party.

The annual dinner, attended by hundreds of Democrats, is a major fundraiser for the state party and often brings in a national big name as its speaker. In 2008, it hosted a joint appearance by then-presidential candidates Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Last summer, Biden launched a political action committee, American Possibilities, to help Democratic candidates.

Biden also has been mentioned as a possible candidate for president in 2020, although he’ll be 77 years old heading into that election year.

The top of Montana’s 2018 election-year ticket is the re-election race of Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, who’s running for a third consecutive term.

As many as six Republicans are running for the nomination to challenge Tester, seen as a potentially vulnerable Democrat in a state that went big for President Trump in 2016.

Five Democrats also are vying for the party nomination this spring to challenge first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, who was elected in a special election last May 25.

“I’m looking forward to hosting (Biden) in Montana and showing him the enthusiasm and excitement that continues to grow in our state as we head into 2018,” Tester said in a statement Thursday.

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