MT-Sen: Wall Street Journal, “Coronavirus Response Gives Steve Bullock’s (D) Senate Bid a Boost”

The Wall Street Journal has a good piece out about the Montana U.S. Senate race and how an effective governor’s response to a pandemic can make a great candidate for the U.S. Senate:

Three days after Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced his Senate bid, he declared a statewide emergency.

That was March 12, before there were any known cases of the novel coronavirus in Montana. News broke the next day that four Montanans were “presumptively positive.” On March 15, Mr. Bullock, the only sitting governor running for Senate, halted nursing-home visits. He also closed the state’s schools before hot spots such as New York and New Jersey did the same. By March 26, he had issued a stay-at-home order for Montana’s roughly one million citizens.

“I’d rather be accused of overreacting,” the two-term Democratic governor said at the time, “than have a health-care system overwhelmed and unable to help our most at-risk Montanans when they need it most.”

The pandemic’s arrival on the heels of Mr. Bullock’s Senate launch meant that traditional candidate rallies and meet-and-greets haven’t been an option for him. So far, the governor’s forays onto the campaign trail have consisted of little more than a few Zoom meetings with county Democrats and virtual fundraisers.

But with frequent news conferences on coronavirus, Mr. Bullock is commanding much more local media attention than his Republican rival, incumbent Sen. Steve Daines. David Parker, chairman of Montana State University’s political science department, found that the number of local news articles mentioning Mr. Bullock jumped from 184 in February to 809 in March, while Mr. Daines’s mentions remained almost the same.

Bullock’s approval rating is near 70% putting him in a powerful position to flip the Senate blue. Let’s make sure the Blue Wave hits Montana hard. Click below to donate and get involved with Bullock and his fellow Montana Democrats campaigns:

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