Freshman Rep. Steve Daines (R) will enter the open Montana Senate race Wednesday, GOP aides said Tuesday.
Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, confirmed that Daines will run, as was widely expected. Daines previously scheduled a “special event” for Wednesday in Bozeman, Mont., and has been staffing up for a run at the upper chamber.
“Montana, tomorrow, Steve Daines is going to get in the race, and he’s an impressive guy,” Collins told reporters Tuesday morning. “In a year where we lost the governor’s race and the Senate race (in 2012), he won by a healthy margin.”
Another GOP aide close to Montana politics confirmed that Daines was set to enter the race Wednesday.
Collins added of Daines: “He’s running in a state that’s tough for (President) Obama, but we understand that the Democrats have held that seat for 100 years. So we have a challenge.”
Collins noted that Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh was not the Democrats’ first choice to run for the open seat — that was former governor Brian Schweitzer — and Republicans were confident he was someone they could define.
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