Top GOP super PAC plans Montana ad blitz

Aaron Schwartz

The largest super PAC backing Senate Republicans has reserved more than $10 million in airtime in Montana, a sign that another state is turning into a Senate battleground.

The Senate Leadership Fund has reserved the time for advertisements that will bolster Sen. Steve Daines (R), who faces what is likely to be a difficult campaign for reelection against Gov. Steve Bullock (D).

A Senate Leadership Fund spokesman confirmed the reservation, first reported by the Washington Examiner.

Bullock was a late entry into the race after his presidential campaign flamed out. His decision to run has given Democrats the chance to put another seat in play as they seek to win back control.

Bullock has received plaudits for a rapid response to the coronavirus crisis in Montana, where only 470 people have tested positive. The state has gone weeks without seeing a double-digit increase in the number of positive cases.

Still, Daines will prove a formidable incumbent, especially with President Trump at the top of the ticket. Trump beat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Montana by a 20-point margin in 2016. Bullock has won election in Montana three times on the same day the state has given its electoral votes to Republican presidential candidates; in 2016, he won reelection with 50.3 percent of the vote, running 15 points ahead of Clinton.

Senate Majority PAC, the chief Democratic super PAC, has not yet reserved airtime in Montana.

Both sides have blocked off millions in spending in key battleground states such as Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina, all states where Republican incumbents are seeking reelection. The Senate Leadership Fund has also reserved time in Iowa and Kentucky, two states in which Democrats have yet to invest.

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