Every candidate can’t be president

A popular two-term Democratic legislator in a solidly red state would seem an ideal candidate to challenge an incumbent Republican for higher office. So why isn’t Montana Governor Steve Bullock running for the Senate?

When Bullock recently suspended his long-shot presidential campaign, it wasn’t his withdrawal from the heated race for the Democratic presidential nomination that disappointed many onlookers. That letdown came with what he didn’t say — that he would channel his political ambitions into a run against Senator Steve Daines, a Republican.

“Governor Bullock will continue to faithfully and effectively serve the people of Montana as their governor,” said Galia Slayen, Bullock’s campaign spokesperson, in a statement. “While he plans to work hard to elect Democrats in the state and across the country in 2020, it will be in his capacity as a Governor and a senior voice in the Democratic Party — not as a candidate for U.S. Senate.”