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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How 8 Senate Hopefuls Voted On The Debt Ceiling — And Why It Will Matter In 2014

Yes: Montana Republican Steve Daines

Like his West Virginia counterpart, Republican representative Steve Daines wasn’t prepared to follow the majority of his House Republican colleagues and vote for default. Daines will likely be the Republican nominee in the race to replace Democratic incumbent Senator Max Baucus, who is retiring after this year.

Daines has the backing of top Republican Senate leaders — like Mitch McConnell — who would like to see Republicans pick up a Senate seat in the traditionally red state. But Daines, if he declares he is running for the Senate, faces a strong moderate Democratic opponent in the race, Lt. Governor John Walsh.

Walsh is the former commander of the Montana National Guard who never sought public office until the Montana attorney general, Steve Bullock, tapped him as a running mate. Democrats want to run Walsh as a Washington outsider, while tying Daines to a typical Washington politician, according to Politico.

The debt ceiling debacle is now something Daines’ Democratic opponent cannot hold against him.