Daines tops $1M for Montana Senate bid

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is off to a fast fundraising start for his Senate bid, topping $1 million in his first two months as an official candidate.

Daines, who announced his bid in November, has $1.9 million in the bank for his bid to succeed retiring Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). Part of that amount was raised while Daines was a House candidate.

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"Cindy and I are humbled by encouragement we've received since announcing our campaign for U.S. Senate, and are excited to have supporters in every county in Montana," Daines said in a statement.

"As I travel across our state, Montanans continue to share that to get our country back on track, we need to bring real change to Washington and work toward solutions that grow our economy, stop Washington's reckless spending and protect Montanans from Obamacare."

Daines is the front-runner to replace Baucus — he has a clear primary field, the state leans Republican and the likely Democratic nominee, Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D), has a primary foe to contend with. Walsh has not announced his fundraising figures.