Tester will endorse a 2020 candidate 'in the next week'

Tester will endorse a 2020 candidate 'in the next week'
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Democratic Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocratic senators quietly hope Biden wins over rivals GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign at end of year Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE (Mont.) said Sunday that he will be endorsing a 2020 presidential candidate in "the next week."

"So the bottom line is that whoever comes out of this 24 or 25 people who are running for president needs to be able to connect with rural America, and you do that by applying common sense," Tester said on CBS's "Face The Nation," referring to the large Democratic field.

Host Margaret Brennan asked Tester if he would endorse his home-state governor, Steve BullockSteve BullockNew poll finds Biden, Warren in virtual tie in Iowa Gabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate Partisan divisions sharpen as independent voters fade MORE, for president in the Democratic primary.

"I’m going to be endorsing," he said. "I'll tell you this, Margaret: It’s going to happen in the next week." 

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Tester, considered a moderate lawmaker, would be a key endorsement for the many Democratic hopefuls trying to pitch themselves as someone who can connect to Midwestern voters.

Bullock, meanwhile, was one of only three Democrats to win gubernatorial races in states that voted for Trump in 2016.

He won 75,000 more votes that year than Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGiuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Sanders hits 1 million donors Democrats will not beat Trump without moderate policy ideas MORE, who lost to Trump by 20 points in Montana.