The candidate: Democrat John Lewis, a former top aide to Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. The member: Freshman Rep. Steve Daines, a Republican who represents the at-large district and is most likely running for Senate in 2014. Both parties expect an open race for this House seat in 2014.
The state: Last cycle, Mitt Romney won Montana by more than a 13-point margin and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., won re-election by 4 points. But Republicans have held onto the state’s sole House seat for the past 17 years.
The candidate’s team: Aaron Murphy (communications director), Barrett Kaiser (manager), Bob Funk (deputy manager), Geoff Garin of Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group (pollster), Mattis Goldman of Three Point Media (media), Colleen Martin (finance director).
“There’s going to be, as we saw last year, a flood of outside money,” Lewis told Roll Call in a Oct. 9 interview. “Montana is cheap airwaves. No one saw more outside money than Montana last year. … I’m going to have to raise at least $2 million to have a chance.”
Democrats control the Mountain State’s two Senate seats, but the party has had difficulty competing for the at-large district. In 2014, freshman GOP Rep. Steve Daines will likely run for retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus’ seat, creating an open-seat race for the at-large district.
Several Republicans are looking at the House race, including state Rep. Champ Edmunds, state Sen. Matt Rosendale, and former state Senate Minority Leader Corey Stapleton.
Montana’s at-large House race is rated Republican favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
This video interview series questions the scores of congressional hopefuls who visit the CQ Roll Call offices each cycle. Responses and questions have been edited and condensed. Have a question for a candidate? Follow us at @RollCallPols to learn about upcoming interviews.