Gov. Bullock enters U.S. Senate race against Republican Daines

Ending days of speculation, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock entered Montana’s U.S. Senate race Monday, immediately vaulting the contest into the top tier of Senate battles nationwide.

Bullock, 53, who spent seven months running for president last year and had repeatedly rejected the idea of challenging Republican incumbent Steve Daines, announced his change of plans with a 6 a.m. press and video release.

Six hours later, the governor walked from his second-floor Capitol office down the hallway to the secretary of state’s office, where he officially filed as a candidate, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children by his side.