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Bullock announces run for Montana Senate seat

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockGOP sees path to hold Senate majority Interior says Pendley to remain at BLM despite 'dramatic tweets' from Democrats Democrat trails by 3 points in Montana Senate race: poll MORE (D) formally announced his 2020 Senate run on Monday, tweeting his first campaign ad.

“I've always fought for the people of Montana. Together, we expanded health care, protected public lands, banned dark money in politics & more,” Bullock tweeted. “Now I'm taking that fight to the US Senate. Let’s make Washington work more like Montana.”

In the ad, Bullock touts his record as governor, including actions to protect public lands, the nation’s sixth-fastest weekly wage growth, the creation of 34,000 jobs and a freeze on college tuition.

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The governor, who will challenge Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesGOP sees path to hold Senate majority Democrat trails by 3 points in Montana Senate race: poll Poll shows statistical tie in Montana Senate race MORE (R), announced his run on the filing deadline.

Bullock, who had initially said he would finish his term as governor as recently as February, reportedly decided on a run after appeals from Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerReestablishing American prosperity by investing in the 'Badger Belt' House Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs MORE (D-N.Y.) and former President Obama.

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Bullock joins former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Democratic super PAC pulls remaining ads from Colorado Senate race MORE as the second former Democratic presidential candidate who will mount a Senate run after exiting the presidential race.

Bullock entered the then-crowded presidential field in May, making the stage for a single debate and frequently touting his ability to win as a Democrat in a state that went heavily for President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE in 2016. 

He dropped out of the 2020 presidential race in December.

"Steve Bullock ran his administration like a frat house and acquiesced to the far left during his comical presidential run, not exactly the strongest way to launch a Senate campaign," National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Nathan Brand said in a statement.

"Bullock supported impeaching President Trump, wants to ban guns, and ignore illegal immigration. One can see why, given their visceral disdain for the Montana way of life, Washington Democrats rolled out the red carpet for Bullock," Brand added. "Meanwhile, Steve Daines always puts Montana first, is a proven leader and a strong ally for President Trump."

Updated at 9:19 a.m.