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Feb 3, 2011 12:16 PM by Montana's News Station

Daines drops Senate bid, will seek U.S. House seat

HELENA - Steve Daines announced on Thursday that he is now campaigning for Montana's sole seat in the the U.S. House of Representatives.

Daines, a Republican businessman from Bozeman, had been campaigning for the U.S. Senate prior to Thursday morning's announcement.

The switch from the Senate to the House campaign was sparked by reports that incumbent Representative Denny Rehberg plans to challenge Jon Tester for his Senate seat in the 2012 race.

It is widely expected that Rehberg will formally announce his Senate candidacy on Saturday, February 5th.

During an interview with Montana's News Station, Rehberg would not confirm or deny that he would enter the Senate race, saying only that he would make an announcement on Saturday.

"I am humbled and overwhelmed by the support my campaign has received. The mission has not changed. I am running to fight the politicians of both sides who believe bigger government and more spending will solve our problems and create jobs," Daines said on Thursday.

Daines, the vice-president of Right Now Technologies, ran an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor with running mate Roy Brown in 2008. Daines is life-long Bozeman resident who graduated from Bozeman High School and Montana State University.

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