Bullock outraises Daines in Montana Senate race

Bullock outraises Daines in Montana Senate race
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Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockLincoln Project expands GOP target list, winning Trump ire Republicans uncomfortably playing defense 300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee MORE (D) outraised Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate Democrats ask Trump to withdraw controversial public lands nominee Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Lincoln Project expands GOP target list, winning Trump ire MORE (R) in the state’s high-profile Senate race as Democrats hope to score an upset.

Bullock raised about $2.4 million in the first half of the second quarter and has about $4.1 million in the bank, according to his campaign’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Daines raised $1.3 million and has a war chest of $5.8 million.

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Campaigns with primaries on June 2 have filed so-called pre-primary reports that cover fundraising from April 1-May 13. Montana is one of a handful of states that will hold its Senate primary on June 2.

Bullock entered the Senate race after his short-lived presidential run flamed out, giving Democrats a top-tier competitor in a state where they’d previously been lacking a serious candidate for the race.

Democrats are hopeful Bullock can pose a stiff challenge to Daines, a first-term senator, in a state that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE won by 20 points in 2016. Bullock, who served a term as state attorney general and two as governor, has won three times statewide in presidential years, giving Democrats hope he can convert Trump voters over to his campaign.

A recent poll released earlier this month showed Bullock leading Daines by 7 points.

The top Senate GOP super PAC announced this week it is reserving over $10 million in airtime in Montana to boost Daines, a sign Republicans view the race as competitive. 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the race as “lean” Republican.