Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he won’t run for Senate

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July 14, 2013

HELENA, Mont. — Popular former Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday morning that he will not run for Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, an announcement that complicates Democratic efforts to retain their majority in next year’s elections.

Schweitzer told The Associated Press that he doesn’t want to leave Montana and go to Washington, D.C.

He had been considered the Democrats best candidate for holding onto the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus next year. Schweitzer said he felt compelled to consider the race only because many in his party said they needed him to run.

“I love Montana. I want to be here. There are all kinds of people that think I ought to be in the United States Senate,” Schweitzer said. “I never wanted to be in the United States Senate. I kicked the tires. I walked to the edge and looked over.”

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