Nov 7, 2013 9:55 AM by MTN News
MISSOULA - Congressman Steve Daines ended months of speculation on Wednesday, saying that he's now in the running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Max Baucus.
The Republican's decision has obvious ramifications on the political landscape in the Treasure State, including for Missoula Republican Champ Edmunds - who is also running for the U.S. Senate.
Edmunds said months ago that if Daines got into the race, he would drop out and run for the U.S. House instead. But later, Edmunds wavered on that, and said he would stay in the U.S. Senate race.
When MTN News talked to Edmunds after the Daines announcement, we asked which it would be, the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House.
"We're still re-thinking. We initially talked about jumping out if Steve Daines jumped in, but we decided to take another look at that. We're still thinking about the possibility of staying in that senate race," said Edmunds.
Edmunds says he'll take a look at his support among fiscal conservatives over the next two weeks before making a final decision about his candidacy.