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Former State Rep. Austin Knudsen has announced his candidacy for Attorney General in the 2020 race.
Mike Albans / Montana Public Radio

Former Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen announced Monday that he is seeking the Republican nomination for Montana’s Attorney General race in 2020.

Knudsen served as a representative from Culbertson in the state Legislature from 2011 to 2017, serving as Speaker of the House during his last four years. He’s the second Republican to enter the Attorney General race.

Gov. Steve Bullock is in Iowa for the next few days after launching his 2020 presidential campaign in Helena Tuesday. Bullock is the first of the more than 20 Democratic candidates to be endorsed by a statewide elected official from Iowa.

Governor Steve Bullock speaks at a Montana Association of Counties meeting in Missoula, September 19, 2018.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

Gov. Steve Bullock’s presidential campaign says it’s raised $1 million in its first day. However details on where that money is coming from are not yet publicly available.

The million dollars cash-on-hand would rank Gov. Bullock 16th among Democratic presidential candidates, according to the most recent federal campaign filings.

Gov. Steve Bullock announces his candidacy for president in Helena, Mont., May 14, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

In the hours after Gov. Steve Bullock announced his candidacy for president in 2020 in an early morning video release on YouTube he met with local press outlets near downtown Helena in a half empty first floor office space — his new campaign headquarters.

"I’m excited about this next adventure," Bullock said. "I think that what we’ve done in Montana, both electorally and in getting government to work, is something that a lot of people can learn from.”

Who Is Steve Bullock?

May 14, 2019
Gov. Steve Bullock during a 2016 campaign stop at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Mike Albans / Montana Public Radio

Gov. Steve Bullock is entering the crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020. The two-term governor announced his candidacy in a video Tuesday morning.

Bullock is launching his campaign on the strength of his success winning re-election at the same time Donald Trump carried Montana by 20 points.

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