Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., drew his first 2014 challenger Wednesday, as Republican former state Sen. Corey Stapleton announced that he will challenge the six-term Democrat.
Stapleton did not mention Baucus by name in an announcement video posted to his campaign website, instead attacking federal spending and debt generally. “Like a lot of Montanans, I look at our politicians in Washington, D.C. and just shake my head,” Stapleton said.
Stapleton unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2012, finishing second in the GOP primary. He raised over a half-million dollars during the primary but will start from scratch against Baucus, who had just under $3.6 million in the bank to start 2013.