Unknown Republican enters MT’s U.S. Senate race, challenging Daines

A second Republican and political newcomer has entered Montana’s U.S. Senate race, challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in the primary.

Dan Larson, a hardware-store manager from Stevensville, paid his filing fee on Tuesday, as a Republican. He’s never run for office before.

Also, Democrat Mike Knoles, a Bozeman physicist and mathematician, said he became an official candidate Wednesday, paying his $1,740 filing fee. He’s one of four Democrats in the contest.

Larson, 40, told MTN News that he believes populism and conservative values are being distorted by money, and that the race needs a conservative who believes in true Christian values, limited government and responsible spending.