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Former Gov. Schweitzer Not Running for U.S. Senate

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After much speculation, former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he will not run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014. The democrat has announced that he doesn't want to leave Montana and go to Washington D.C. Schweitzer says he felt compelled to consider the race because many in his party said they needed him to run. He was considered the best chance democrats have to hold onto the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus next year. The seat will be open for the first time since the 1970s. Schweitzer says recent criticism over politically active nonprofits connected to him had no influence on the decision. The governor was recently elected board chairman of Stillwater Mining Co., Montana's largest publicly trading company. He says he's enjoying his life on the other side of the aisle. Republicans are hopeful that freshman U.S. Representative Steve Daines will run for the open senate seat.


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