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Sen. Walsh Postpones Fundraising Events

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Montana Senator John Walsh postpones a string of fundraisers this week, fueling speculation that he may be pulling out of the U.S. Senate race.

Questions surrounding Walsh's withdrawl come after the New York Times reported the Senator plagiarized a large portion of his master's thesis.

Franke Wilmer is a political science professor at Montana State University and a Montana State Representative for the democratic party. Whether Walsh decides to pull out of the race or not, Wilmer says the democrats have some catching up to do.

"I think any person whether it's Senator Walsh or someone who takes his place...needs to deal with the name recognition problem and it's a disadvantaged for democrats right now. It just is."

Back in February democratic governor Steve Bullock appointed Walsh to fill the seat of then Senator Max Baucus who was appointed as Ambassador to China.

Whoever runs on the democratic ticket, be it Walsh or someone else, will have to face Republican nominee and Montana congressman Steve Daines who had been holding a lead in the polls and fundraising well before the plagiarism reports broke.

Andrea Marcoccio, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, says the party is doing what it can to keep a democrat alongside Montana's now senior senator Jon Tester.

"It's really important for him to have a partner in the senate to work with him to pass made in Montana solutions and fight for our values...if it ends up in the hands of Republicans we know exactly what their plan is. They're going to sell of public lands to the highest bidder. They are going to give tax breaks to corporations."

Walsh has until Monday to make a decision on whether he will drop out of the Senate race for Democrats to replace him in time for the November ballot.


 

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