HELENA — Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot says he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus.

The Republican said Monday said he has been discussing the idea with supporters over the past few months, but ultimately decided against running.

Racicot said that he is encouraging U.S. Rep. Steve Daines to run for Montana's first open Senate seat since the 1970s. Racicot said he thinks Daines would "represent Montana exceptionally well."

Daines has said he is considering a race that so far has no announced top-flight candidates.

Several Democrats have already declined runs, including former Gov. Brian Schweitzer. Current Lt. Gov. John Walsh has not ruled out a run, and former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger said he is also considering a run.

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MontanaJim72

Racicot fled Montana as soon as he could when the new governor took office. While in office, he had a huge chance to help his hometown of Libby, but ignored them. The only thing Racicot cares about in Montana is making sure a man he convicted as Attorney General stays in prison. Barry Beach will get out someday, but it won't be with any help from Racicot. It takes a real man to admit he made a mistake. Racicot will never admit that. I'm thankful he will never represent Montana in any capacity again.

bearpaws
bearpaws

Too many lingering issues to face, including Racicot's manipulation of the Barry Beach case. No sense of having to explain things if you can avoid it.

montanamuralist
montanamuralist

He is making way too much money to mess with the Senate and knows what a good Tea Party but boy Daines is...come on conservatives ...bring it on..anyone is better than Daines. My cat is better than Daines. I want Joe Walsh to run but don't think he will....

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