Daines wins GOP Senate primary in Montana

Daines wins GOP Senate primary in Montana
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Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R-Mont.) won Montana’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, paving the way for a high-profile contest against Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockInternal poll shows tight battle in Montana House race The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools 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 John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' 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.