"It was a race Tester was supposed to lose," wrote The Weekly Standard about Jon Tester's 2006 run for Montana Senator.
Tester "was an underdog to a better-financed and better-known Democrat who was being promoted by the party establishment," The New York Times explained. "All his life, Mr. Tester, 50, ha[d] lived no more than two hours from his farm."
But in Montana, Tester "ran a bare-knuckle campaign based on his trademark flattop haircut — refreshed every three weeks for $8 at the Riverview barber shop — which made him a tough target for Republicans to stereotype as 'just another Washington insider,'" wrote The New York Times.
What's more, as The Los Angeles Time's described: "Tester's narrow 2006 victory helped Democrats seize control of the Senate."
And it turned him into a staple of the democratic party. Today, Sen. Tester serves as Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.