Daines wins GOP Senate primary in Montana

Daines wins GOP Senate primary in Montana
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Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate committee advances bipartisan energy infrastructure bill  Hillicon Valley: Lina Khan faces major FTC test | Amazon calls for her recusal | Warren taps commodities watchdog to probe Google Senators propose bill to help private sector defend against hackers MORE (R-Mont.) won Montana’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, paving the way for a high-profile contest against Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve Bullock65 former governors, mayors back bipartisan infrastructure deal Arkansas, New Jersey governors to head National Governors Association Biden 'allies' painting him into a corner MORE (D) in November. 

Daines defeated two other Republicans in the primary, and was winning 86 percent of the vote with 12 percent of precincts reporting.

The Cook Political Report rates the general election Senate race as “lean Republican,” but the race will likely not be a cakewalk for Daines, a first-term senator. 

Bullock has showed his political strength in Montana before, winning a second term as governor even as President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE won the state by 20 points in the 2016 general election. 

In terms of fundraising, Bullock raised $2.5 million over the past six weeks, while Daines raised $1.3 million in the same period. Bullock and Daines have raised a total of $5.8 million and $9.2 million, respectively, for their campaigns.