Which is why Daines is not a bad candidate. He hasn’t exactly made a name for himself as a fiscal conservative who will pinch pennies, but isn’t a Don Young either.
Montana consistently votes Republican for its at-large House seat since Pat Williams back in the 90s, and it went for Romney by over 10% points. This was when Obama was at his popularity height as well. Since then he has crashed, and attacking Walsh as a rubber stamp for Obama’s agenda along with the brutal primary fight that’s shaping up between the Lt. Governor and the more radical John Bohlinger, and I predict we’ll take the seat.
Look at West Virginia. Democrat senators as far as the eye can see. But upon the retirement of Rockefeller, they’re barely even competing for the seat there.
Montana likes pork-barrel spending, but so does Mississippi, and they elect Republicans. Democrats have had the edge in Montana because of union strength and better organization, but I think Daines will wrap it up quickly in an election cycle that looks toxic for dimocrats nationwide.
Daines may win the Dim may win but in Montana its far to early to make any prediction.