‘Battle of the Steves’: Bullock stakes his legacy against Daines in Montana Senate race

Cowboy boot-wearing Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock could end the 2020 election cycle with two unsuccessful campaigns for different offices under his belt.

Bullock, 54, is challenging Republican incumbent Steve Daines, 58, to represent Montana in the Senate after suspending his six-month Democratic presidential nomination bid.

The popular term-limited governor’s senatorial efforts started strong, reflecting his leadership of Montana’s coronavirus pandemic response. But polling has tightened between the pair, sometimes with a single percentage point separating them, as Daines wins over previously undecided voters in conservative-leaning Montana and the candidates and outside groups inject more than $50 million into the state.

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