Steve Bullock Makes It Official: Montana Democrat Set To Run For Senate Against GOP Daines
A popular governor from the state of Montana plans to make that state a contentious battleground, at least when it comes to who voters select for their next senator.
Gov. Steve Bullock, who had attempted to run for president but bowed out of the chance to do so before the Democratic primaries began, will soon announce a run for senator in his home state against GOP Sen. Steve Daines, a senior adviser to Bullock told the Associated Press.
Bullock had for months said he wasn’t interested in the role. However, after meeting with former President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Bullock has apparently had a change of heart on the issue.
The last-minute decision may throw Montana into a toss-up state, as far as the 2020 Senate election there goes, and could help Democrats gain control of the Senate in 2021.
Four states are polling with net positives for Democrats over Republican incumbents at the moment. In Maine, Sara Gideon has a 4 point lead against Sen. Susan Collins, and in Arizona, former astronaut Mark Kelly is ahead of Sen. Martha McSally by 5 points.
In North Carolina, Sen. Thom Tillis is behind Democrat Cal Cunningham by 5 points as well, and in Colorado John Hickenlooper is ahead of Sen. Cory Gardner by 13 points.
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Democrats need to win at least four Senate seats in order to take control of that chamber. With a possible loss in Alabama, those four wins could net a three-seat gain, creating a 50-50 situation in the “upper chamber” of Congress — making Bullock’s decision to run in Montana all-the-more important.
Democratic leaders are cautiously optimistic about their chances.
“We have a better chance of winning now than we did just a few weeks ago,” Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania recently said, per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.
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