Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockIn Montana, a knock-down redistricting fight over a single line 65 former governors, mayors back bipartisan infrastructure deal Arkansas, New Jersey governors to head National Governors Association MORE (D) outraised Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesThune endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race This week: Democrats aim to unlock Biden economic, infrastructure package Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair 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.
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 TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled 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.