Bullock outraises Daines in Montana Senate race

Bullock outraises Daines in Montana Senate race
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Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve Bullock300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee Lincoln Project targets Senate races in Alaska, Maine, Montana with M ad buy Exclusive: Poll shows pressure on vulnerable GOP senators to back state and local coronavirus aid MORE (D) outraised Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David Daines300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility On The Money: GDP shrinks by record amount in second quarter amid virus lockdowns | Jobless claims rise for second straight week | McConnell tees up fight on unemployment benefits 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 TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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.