ICYMI: Daines Senate Announcement Leads Statewide Press Coverage

Steve Daines officially launched his campaign for Senate on Wednesday, November 6. The announcement led news coverage across Montana and made the front page of every major newspaper in the state. Here are some of the highlights:

Front Page Roundup

Billings Gazette – Daines official launches Senate bid as race heats up
Bozeman Daily Chronicle – Daines targets Senate; Montana GOP congressman announces U.S. Senate bid
Great Falls Tribune – Senate Race Heats Up
Helena Independent Record – Rep. Daines jumps into US Senate race
Missoulian – Daines announces U.S. Senate bid


Here’s What They’re Saying About Daines’ Announcement

Supporters “packed” the room at Daines’ Senate announcement: “Speaking to a room packed with some 200 supporters at the Bozeman Holiday Inn, Daines made it clear he’ll frame the race as one that could determine whether Republicans become the majority in the U.S. Senate in 2014.” (Mike Dennison, “Daines announces candidacy for U.S. Senate,” Lee Newspapers, 11/06/2013)

Daines enters the Montana Senate race as the clear “frontrunner”: Daines will enter as the frontrunner against Democratic Lt. Gov. John Walsh in the contest for the seat opening with the retirement of Sen. Max Baucus (D).” (James Hohmann, “Steve Daines to announce Senate bid,” POLITICO, 11/05/2013)

Daines provides Montana Republicans with a “strong chance” at securing the open Senate seat: “U.S. Rep. Steve Daines announced Wednesday that he will run for Senate in 2014, giving Montana Republicans a candidate they believe has a strong chance at winning the state’s first open Senate seat in decades.” (Matt Gouras, “Montana GOP congressman announces US Senate bid,” Associated Press, 11/06/2013)

With statewide name recognition and fundraising success, Daines enters the race in a strong position: “Daines enters the race as a likely front-runner, with the advantage of statewide name recognition and a campaign fund of more than $1 million.” (Mike Dennison, “Daines announces candidacy for U.S. Senate,” Lee Newspapers, 11/06/2013)

With Daines in the race, Republicans have an opportunity to pick up a key Senate seat: “Daines’ entry into the race presents Republicans with an opportunity to pick up a Senate seat – one of six they would need to gain a majority in the U.S. Senate.” (Sanjay Talwani, “Daines announces bid for U.S. Senate,” KXLH, 11/06/2013)

Daines gives Republicans a “top-tier” candidate for the Montana Senate race: “Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) officially announced his Senate bid on Wednesday, giving Republicans a top-tier recruit for retiring Sen. Max Baucus’s (D-Mont.) seat.” (Cameron Joseph, “Daines makes Senate bid official in Montana,” The Hill, 11/06/2013)


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