HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrats are casting about for a last-minute U.S. Senate candidate to take on Republican Rep. Steve Daines after their chances of prevailing in November suffered a huge blow with the withdrawal of incumbent Sen. John Walsh.
Those mentioned as potential stand-ins for Walsh include former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger, state Reps. Amanda Curtis of Butte and and Franke Wilmer of Bozeman, and state Sen. Dave Wanzenried.
But several top names among Democrats have signaled they're not interested.
They include former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, state Auditor Monica Lindeen, former state legislator and abortion rights leader Nancy Keenan and Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau.
A spokeswoman for U.S. House candidate John Lewis said he's been approached to enter the Senate contest but remains focused on the House.