Three Democratic women are among those looking at the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Montana.
U.S. Senator Max Baucus announced last week he would not seek re-election, leaving the Senate seat open for the first time since the 1970's.
State Auditor Monica Lindeen and State Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau said they may run if former Governor Brian Schweitzer doesn't.
Stephanie Schriock, who leads a group that supports female candidates, is also considering running.
The state is one of about two dozen where a woman has never been elected to the Senate.