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Bullock announces run for Montana Senate seat

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockOvernight Health Care: CDC calls for schools to reopen with precautions | Cuomo faces rising scrutiny over COVID-19 nursing home deaths | Biden officials move to begin rescinding Medicaid work requirements Montana governor lifts state mask mandate Lobbying world 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 DainesSusan Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Indigenous groups post billboards urging senators to confirm Deb Haaland 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 SchumerBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor MORE (D-N.Y.) and former President Obama.

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Bullock joins former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperSenate rejects Cruz effort to block stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans Democrats hesitant to raise taxes amid pandemic 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 TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 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.