Daines to oversee 2024 Senate races, Rosendale in leadership battle

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines will control Republican Senate campaign operations in 2024, the year when Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is up for reelection.

Daines’ chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee was revealed Wednesday during a press conference announcing Republican leadership following a lackluster 2022 election in which the party expected to regain the Senate majority but failed.

Tester filed his statement of candidacy for the 2024 election Jan 31, 2019, just months after his 2018 reelection to a third term.

“We underperformed among voters who did not like President Biden’s performance, in, among independents and among moderate Republicans who looked at us and concluded, too much chaos, too much negativity,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “And we turned off a lot of the centrist voters which is why I never predicted a red wave to begin with.”

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Daines was presented as a new member of the leadership lineup that emerged following 2022 NRSC chairman Sen. Rick Scott’s poorly supported leadership challenge to McConnell.

Asked by the press to assess Scott’s performance as NRSC chairman, McConnell deferred to Daines.

“We’re looking forward. And we’re going to learn,” Daines said. “There

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