Montana Senate race

With 1 Week to Go, GOP's Confidence Grows

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Repubs. are all but assured of winning the open seats vacated by retiring Democrats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia and have a very good chance of ousting Dem. incumbents in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado and Louisiana.

Conservatives: Let's Not Get Cocky About Montana

Montana GOP Senate candidate Steve Daines is a good man and a good candidate, but by defining her campaign on day one as “millionaires versus the middle class” Democrat Amanda Curtis has signaled she may be the underdog, but she will be no pushover.

Baucus' China Appointment Will Help D's

Peter Schroeder, Bernie Becker and Kevin Bogardus, The Hill

By leaving the Senate early, it allows Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) to fill the seat ahead of a difficult election fight in the conservative-leaning state. A former Dem. aide said that Montana’s current lieutenant governor, John Walsh (D), is expected to be appointed to Baucus's seat once the confirmation process is complete.

GOP Sen. Majority Is Possible

Kyle Kondik, Univ. of Virginia Center for Politics

R’s have an edge in SD, WV, and Mont. Sen. races. With those wins, R’s are halfway to the needed 6-seat gain.