Rep. Daines planning Senate run in Montana, GOP candidate says

A spokesman for Daines, however, said the congressman has made no final decision on making a jump from the House to the Senate and is still considering his options.  

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Daines has had contact with Stapleton’s campaign, among others in the state, spokesman Alee Lockman told The Hill 

When asked why Stapleton would indicate Daines is planning on running for Senate, Lockman said: “I can’t speak to what Mr. Stapleton’s thought process is.”

Daines has long said that he is seriously considering a run for the Senate. 

The freshman member of the House briefly entered the Senate race in 2012 to unseat Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). But he switched over to the House race after former Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) announced his Senate campaign, attempting to avoid a “divisive” primary.

Daines’s campaign said he still has not set a timeline to make a final decision. 

Republicans see Montana as a likely pickup in 2014, but the race remains largely unsettled. A number of high-profile Democrats in the state — including former Gov. Brian Schweitzer — have decided against a run.