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Price tag for Montana's House race most since 2000

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 01 2012 01:12:55 PM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. -

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.