- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - After a week chock full of debates in which candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House played up their differences, the final days of campaigning will find them hitting the road for personal contact with voters.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines and Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke plan to cross the state in separate tours. Daines’ travel starts Monday while Zinke is already on the road.

Daines plans to attend up to four rallies a day, according to spokeswoman Alee Lockman. He’ll make stops in Big Timber, Columbus, Livingston, Glendive, Great Falls, Hamilton, Helena, Missoula and Red Lodge, among other towns.

“He’s going to make a big loop, meet with Montanans to say thanks and rally support in the final days,” she said.

Zinke said he’s getting behind the wheel to meet especially with those in smaller towns.

“Montana is eye to eye and sitting down with a cup of coffee, even if you don’t agree,” he said of campaigning.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis and U.S. House candidate John Lewis will embark on a four-day statewide tour together with Sen. Jon Tester, Gov. Steve Bullock, state legislators and members of the Democratic Party, starting Thursday.

“Our statewide get out the vote tour will stop in seventeen Montana communities to rally supporters and make sure that every eligible Montanan casts a ballot,” Democratic Party spokesman Bryan Watt said.

Lewis has been traveling and will continue doing so before the group tour, getting to every Indian reservation, major city and as many rural communities as possible before Election Day, according to spokeswoman Kathy Weber.

“From the beginning, John Lewis has set out to run a campaign on Montana ideas for the future financed by Montanans,” Weber said. “John is thankful for the overwhelming momentum he’s receiving and positioned well to sprint to Election Day.”

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