Montana's Walsh drops out of Senate race

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democrat close to U.S. Sen. John Walsh's campaign says the senator is dropping out of the race amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Walsh's plans.

The Democrat's decision gives a boost to Republican Rep. Steve Daines, who is leaving his House seat for a Senate run.

The state Democratic Party now has until Aug. 20 to hold a nominating convention of party leaders and statewide elected officials to choose a replacement candidate.

A U.S. Army War College investigation begins Aug. 15 into whether Walsh plagiarized portions of a 2007 research paper.

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