Montana ex-governor says he won't run for Senate

LISA BAUMANN and MATTHEW BROWN
Associated Press
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U.S. Rep. Steve Daines arrives for a meeting in Helena Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 after learning Sen. John Walsh, his opponent in the race for U.S. Senate, was dropping his campaign for office. Daines said he respected Walsh’s decision before heading into a discussion on the agriculture industry with farmers and ranchers at the Montana Stock Growers Association. (AP Photo/Lisa Baumann)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he won't run for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped his election campaign Thursday.

Schweitzer was mentioned as a potential contender even before Walsh's announcement.

But the Democrat already rejected a run earlier in the year when he said he wasn't interested in the seat that opened when six-term Sen. Max Baucus was named U.S. Ambassador to China.

Schweitzer announced that he wouldn't run on Twitter and confirmed it to The Associated Press. He said in a Facebook post that he was flattered his name was considered, and that he'll support whoever emerges as the candidate.

Earlier Thursday, Walsh said in a statement to supporters that he is leaving the race but will keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015.