Montana Democrats to choose new Senate candidate

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrats are choosing who will replace U.S. Sen. John Walsh as their candidate in the Senate race against Republican Rep. Steve Daines.

Delegates are gathering in Helena on Saturday morning for a special nominating convention to vote for a replacement after Walsh dropped out of the race.

First-term state Rep. Amanda Curtis of Butte and Wilsall rancher Dirk Adams are the highest-profile contenders for the spot. Other party luminaries have said they are not interested.

Holding onto the Senate seat occupied by Max Baucus for more than 35 years was already expected to be tough for Democrats. Changing candidates less than three months before the elections is expected to give Daines a bigger advantage.

Walsh dropped out amid allegations he plagiarized a 2007 U.S. Army War College research paper.

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