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Lt. Governor John Walsh to Replace Baucus as Senator

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After yesterdays confirmation of Max Baucus as the new U.S. Ambassador to China, it left Governor Steve Bullock to choose the interim Senator to finish out his term. Today at the Capitol he announced his decision, ABC Montana's Joe Moeller brings us the full report.

People all over Montana have been waiting for some sort of hint as to who will replace six term Senator Max Baucus after the president appointed him as the next U.S. Ambassador to China and as he was just confirmed yesterday, today at a press conference at the Capitol we got that answer.

"I introduce to you the United States Senator John Walsh." said Governor Steve Bullock.

Lt. Governor John Walsh's resignation papers submitted just last night will take into effect Sunday, from here Walsh will travel to Washington D.C. on Monday and will be sworn in as the new Senator on Tuesday.

"Taking care of Montana's veterans and their families, creating jobs for Montanans, improving our economy, reducing our debt, and making sure our civil liberties are looked after." said Walsh.

The 53-year-old spent 33 years in the Montana National Guard, spending four of them as adjutant general before resigning to join Bullock on his campaign for the governors office in 2012.

Bullock said this appointment was a no brainer.

"I made this decision on what I think would be in the best interest for the state and that is why I chose John as our Lieutenant Governor."

Walsh is also a candidate to replace Baucus in this years election, and many have been speculating if the interim appointment will give the Democrats a leg up in the race against Republican Congressman Steve Daines. Former Lt. Governor John Bohlinger, also a candidate for the seat, has said previously he would drop out of the race if Walsh was appointed.

"Nobody in Montana likes an unfair advantage and I think that is something that the governor should be concerned about." Bohlinger said back in December.

"You know I will leave it to the voters to decide what happens in November but, I chose the person that I believe would be most effective, that is why I chose him as Lieutenant Governor." said Bullock.

Now from here Governor Bullock must choose a replacement for Lt. Governor John Walsh and he says at this time he has not made a decision, but will make one quickly.

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