Dennis Teske

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Dennis Teske
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Montana
High schoolChinook High School
Place of birthHavre, MT
Campaign website
Dennis Teske was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Montana. Teske was defeated by Denny Rehberg in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[1]


Teske was born in Havre and spent much of his childhood moving around Montana while his father worked in the oil business. Teske has worked in many jobs, including the oil business and running a trucking business in Chinook in conjunction with Bert Tilleman’s implement dealership, and owning businesses in Montana, Wyoming and Washington including convenience stores in Seattle.[2]



See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2012

Teske ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Montana. He sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[3] He was defeated by Rep. Denny Rehberg in the June 5, 2012 primary.[4]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[5] The seat rated a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is most likely to change hands is the Senate seat in Montana.[5] The article notes that incumbent Jon Tester is a slight underdog against challenger Denny Rehberg.[5][6]

U.S. Senate-Montana Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Rehberg 76.2% 105,632
Dennis Teske 23.8% 33,079
Total Votes 138,711


Teske has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 40 years. He has three children and nine grandchildren.[7]

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