Jon Tester

Montana US Senate hopeful received California tax breaks

U.S. Senate hopeful Troy Downing has been receiving California tax exemptions for claiming a house near San Diego as a primary residence at the same time the Republican said he was living in Montana full time.

Downing's residency has been in the spotlight as he faces multiple hunting violations for the alleged illegal purchase of in-state hunting or fishing licenses in Montana from 2011 to 2016. Montana wildlife officials determined he was living primarily in California.

Downing has said he's been a full-time resident of Montana since 2009 with a home in Big Sky.

But San Diego County property assessment chief Jeffrey Olson said Friday the Republican and his wife...