Price tag for Montana's House race most since 2000
Heavy spending by Republican Steve Daines has turned Montana's open U.S. House race into the most expensive contest for the seat since 2000.
Daines and Democrat Kim Gillan have raised a combined $2.5 million through Oct. 17.
That's the most since Republican Denny Rehberg beat Democrat Nancy Keenan in 2000 in the highly competitive race costing $4 million.
This time around the money scales are tipped decidedly in the GOP's favor: Campaign finance reports show Daines with $1.7 million - more than double Gillan's $820,000.
The reports also show out-of-state money accounts for roughly $4 out of every $10 brought in by each candidate. That does not count smaller donations the campaigns don't report.
Gillan is a state senator from Billings and Daines a former technology executive from Bozeman.
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