(CNN) – Following former Gov. Brian Schweitzer's surprising decision not to run for an open Senate seat next year in Montana, another high profile Democrat from the state has declined to jump into the race.
Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY'S List, a group that works to get Democratic women elected to public office, announced Tuesday she will not run for the Senate in 2014.
Updated 9:58 a.m. ET, 7/15
(CNN) - In a surprising twist for the 2014 midterm elections, former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana will not run for the U.S. Senate as expected, according to a source familiar with his decision.
Schweitzer was widely considered to be the Democratic frontrunner to campaign for the seat and keep it in Democrats' hands after the current holder, Sen. Max Baucus, retires at the end of his sixth term.
(CNN) - Longtime Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, will not seek re-election next year, he said in a statement Tuesday.
"After much consideration and many conversations with my wife Mel and our family, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2014. I will serve out my term, and then it will be time to go home to Montana," he said.
(CNN) - Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Montana, skirted around speculation he might throw his 10-gallon hat in the campaign ring for a 2016 White House bid, but gave a playful nod Sunday to voters in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
"It's way too early to talk about 2016," he told a political panel on CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." "I'm the governor of Montana until January. At that point, I'll no longer have the governor's mansion. I'll no longer have a driver. I won't have security so I'll have a little more time on my hands. I think I did mention that I have a warm regard for people of Iowa and New Hampshire."
(CNN) – While the focus may be on the presidential race as the days wind down to November 6, a poll released Sunday showed a close race in the battle for U.S. Senate in Montana.
The poll conducted for Lee Newspapers indicates Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg holding onto a slight advantage with 49% support among likely Montana voters to Democrat incumbent Sen. Jon Tester's 45%. Rehberg's edge is within the survey's sampling error.
(CNN) - George McGovern accomplished more than most could ever dream in his lifetime: as a war hero, a congressman and presidential nominee.
But he was so much more than all that, his family and friends said at the late senator's memorial service Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
(CNN) – An independent, conservative group said it launched five new television ads in tight Senate races across the country on Tuesday.
Crossroads GOP spent $4 million on the ads, set to run in Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin through Monday.
(CNN) - A new survey indicates that Sen. Jon Tester of Montana has his work cut out for him as he fights for re-election.
According to a Mason-Dixon poll conducted for five Montana newspapers, Rep. Denny Rehberg, the Republican challenger, has a 48%-45% edge over the first-term Democratic senator. Rehberg's three-point margin is within the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) – Democratic Senator Jon Tester released a new television ad Tuesday highlighting his breaks with the Obama administration–like voting against Wall Street and for the Keystone Pipeline–and touting the Montana senator's home state first voting record.
"Why are out of state, corporate super PACs attacking Jon Tester? Because Jon always puts Montana first. Jon was 'the only Democrat who voted against both the Wall Street and auto' bailouts," the ad says.