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See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

The retirement of Sen. Max Baucus gave Republicans a chance for a seat pickup in 2014. However, the announcement that Baucus would not complete his term because of an Obama administration appointment meant that the Democratic governor would have the chance to appoint a Democrat to finish the remainder of the term. Despite this advantage, Republican frontrunner Rep. Steve Daines had notable name recognition and fundraising capabilities and won the election on November 4.