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Preview of The 2014 Senate Race

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The 2014 Senate Race for the seat being vacated is an important one for several reasons. The biggest one being is that the Republicans are once again vying for a chance to take control of the U.S. Senate. Political pundits across the country have put this race in the category of one to keep your eye on due to its importance. We now take a look at the candidates.

We start with the Democrats and Incumbent Senator John Walsh, who was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock for the seat that Senator Max Baucus vacated to take his appointment as the ambassador to China. Walsh was the Lieutenant Governor to Bullock in 2012 and held the position until his appointment. Senator Walsh's current campaign points and mission in washington has been reducing the national debt and balancing the budget. He has has been a proponent for his support and promotion of state agriculture. He has also been in support of protecting a woman's right to choose.

Next is John Bohlinger. Like walsh, he is also a former Lieutenant Governor and also served in the state legislature. Bohlinger was a republican while Lieutenant Governor under Brian Schweitzer, but opted to run on the Democratic ticket. Bohlinger has been a proponent of free and open elections and the ability to give Montanan's a choice of who they want to represent them in Washington. He is also in support of homeland security and personal privacy and to protect the U.S. Constitution. Bohlinger received words of encouragement from former Governor Schweitzer and Shweitzer back in November said that if the Primary were today, Bohlinger would win 2-1 over Walsh.

The final candidate in the Democratic Primary is political newcomer Dirk Adams. Adams, a rancher, has campaigned on jobs and economy and that you build the economy through the creation of jobs. He is also in support of women's healthcare and reproductive health including birth control and abortion. He is also in support of medicaid expansion, and says while Obamacare has the right goal, it was rolled out and implemented incorrectly.

The Republican Primary also features three candidates. The first is frontrunner Steve Daines. Daines is vacating his seat in the house of representatives to run for Senate. While in Congress Daines has promoted job growth and less government involvement. He has also been a heavy opponent of Obamacare, and just months into his term in the house supported gun rights and the second amendment. He has been endorsed by the NRA. Another unique approach to Daines's campaign and tenure in congress is that he has frequently gone to and reached out to the seven indian reservations in montana to see what he could do to improve relations.

Second is Champ Edmunds. Edmunds has been a member of the State House of Representatives since 2010. Edmunds has campaigned for job growth and tax reduction, while cutting government spending and balancing the budget. His state credentials include being a member of the house appropriations and house rules committees

Susan Cundiff is the youngest of the six candidates at only thirty-six years old. Cundiff like adams has never held political office. Cundiff registered on the last day that candidates could to run, and has an approach of one step at a time if elected. She is a proponent of improvements in education and women's rights, and has also promoted veterans rights. She also has been a supporter of economic growth and the creation of jobs.

Updated:6/4/14 8:41AM

June Primary Results


US House Candidates

(D) John Driscoll 70.01%
(D) John Lewis 59.59%
*70,723 Votes Recorded

(R) Elsie Arntzen 6.87%
(R) Matt Rosendale 28.81%
(R) Corey Stapleton 29.26%
(R) Drew Turiano 1.73%
(R) Ryan Zinke 33.09%
*131,280 Votes Recorded

US Senate Candidates

(D) Dirk S. Adams 13.25%
(D) John Bohlinger 22.60%
(D) John Walsh 63.92%
*30,035 Votes Recorded

(R) Susan Cundiff 8.98%
(R) Steve Daines 83.14%
(R) Champ Edmunds 7.60%
*132,281 Votes Recorded

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