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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in August 2018.

Having often ridiculed one of the 2020 cycle’s most obviously pointless vanity campaigns, let me be among the first in line to praise Steve Bullock for apparently doing the right thing:

Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana is poised to reverse himself and run for the Senate, according to three Democratic officials, a decision that would hand the party a coveted recruit who could help reclaim a majority in the chamber.

After months of insisting he would not challenge Senator Steve Daines, Mr. Bullock, who ran for president last year, has told Democrats in the last week he is now inclined to run in what would immediately become one of the marquee Senate races of 2020. Mr. Bullock has only a few days to finalize his decision: The filing deadline to run in Montana is Monday.

In an email on Tuesday, Mr. Bullock, 53, declined to say whether he would run. But Matt McKenna, an adviser to Mr. Bullock who has long argued that the governor would not run for the Senate, on Wednesday would say only, “I don’t have anything for you.”

The Democratic officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Run, Steve, run! Taking the Senate is going to need every competitive race possible.

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