HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh says he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014 in a bid to retain the seat for Democrats.
The 52-year-old former Montana National Guard commander announced his decision to supporters Thursday morning.
Walsh says he is launching the campaign because Washington needs more leaders with a "sense of duty" to do what's right.
Democrats have been scrambling to find a candidate since Sen. Max Baucus announced earlier this year he was retiring at the end this term.
Former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger — a former Republican — has also said he is considering a run as a Democrat.
Many Republicans expect U.S. Rep. Steve Daines will enter the race and be their front-runner.