Senator Max Baucus surprised Montana when he announced he would not be running for a 7th term, and ever since his decision not to run many have kept a close eye on who will decide run for the seat in 2014. Democrats have only had one candidate before today, the political unknown cattle farmer from Wilsall, Montana, Dirk Adams.
The race was changed early this morning as Democrat Montana Lt. Governor John Walsh made a big announcement online.
"I am announcing my candidacy to become Montana's next Senator." States Lt. Governor John Walsh.
Walsh is a fourth generation Montanan from Butte, former Montana National Guard Commander, and now Lt. Governor under Governor Steve Bullock. Walsh believes his military background is going to give him what it takes to change Washington.
"We all know it is going to take people with a sense of duty to stand up for what is right the idea of selfless service to put our country on the right path again, and the courage to tackle the national debt and defend those who don't have a voice." continued Walsh.
Now with such a high profile Democratic candidate entering the race, many are speculating that Republican Congressman Steve Daines will be entering the race as well, but is this weeks federal government shutdown something to worry about for the republican party?
"Steve Daines has made it clear with bringing us into this shutdown and continuing it, that he and his tea party colleagues are completely out of touch with Montana." says Chief of Strategy of the Democratic Party, John Bacino.
The Republican office also commented on the shutdown.
"Well you know I am sure a lot of folks are talking about it right now, but hopefully it won't last very long and we can get back to talking about creating more jobs in Montana's natural resource industry and serving the people of Montana." stated the Executive Director of the Montana Republican Party, Bowen Greenwood.
Regardless of the current government shutdown the Republican Party is still very confident in the race.
"If Steve Daines does choose to run for the Senate he is the strongest candidate available on either side of the isle, and we feel great about our chances."