Montana voters set the stage Tuesday for a November election that will determine whether a U.S. Senate seat that has been in Democratic hands for a century will stay there after the resignation of six-term Sen. Max Baucus.
U.S. Rep. Steve Daines won the Republican primary against state Rep. Champ Edmunds and political newcomer Susan Cundiff.
Daines is leaving his House seat to challenge incumbent Sen. John Walsh, who was appointed in February to replace Baucus. The GOP sees Daines as the best chance to win back a seat it hasn’t held since 1907.
“This would be historic for Montana, but more importantly, Montana’s voice needs to be heard in the U.S. Senate, not the voice of Harry Reid,” Daines said Tuesday night, referring to the Democratic Senate majority leader. “I hope to bring that voice to the Senate, a voice that pushes back on the overreach of the federal government.”
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