Curtis strikes populist theme in Senate campaign

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Amanda Curtis is framing her campaign for U.S. Senate as one that will champion the working class.

The Democrat says November's election will not be about which political party controls the Senate, but whether it will be controlled by the middle class or millionaires.

She put Republican opponent Rep. Steve Daines on the side of the latter.

The 34-year-old teacher was chosen Saturday as the Democrats' replacement candidate for Sen. John Walsh, who dropped out. Curtis has little political experience, but she is touting that and her working-class roots in Butte as assets.

Daines' campaign declined to address Curtis' candidacy directly, but said he will fight to grow the economy and prevent overreaching federal regulations.

Financial disclosure forms filed last month show Daines has personal assets worth between $8.9 million and $32.7 million.

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