Posted: Sep 16, 2013 3:23 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Former Montana Governor Marc Racicot (R) has told the Montana Republican Party that he will not be running for the U.S. Senate.
The Senate seat is currently held by Max Baucus (D-MT), who announced in April that he will retire when his current term expires.
In an email dated September 16th, Racicot says, "I have concluded that I cannot, for a number of reasons, become a candidate at this time."
Racicot says he has talked with with U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R) on a number of occasions to encourage him to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.
"He's a good man and is in a position to engage in the campaign. I know he's thoughtfully considering it and I'm hopeful he will decide to become a candidate," Racicot said.
The only other candidates to announce their bid for the U.S. Senate are state Representative Champ Edmunds (R) and Wilsall rancher Dirk Adams (D).
Edmunds says if Daines jumps in the race, he will switch to the House race.