Walsh Drops Out, Montana Senate Moves to Republican Favored

Nathan L. Gonzales August 7, 2014 · 4:55 PM EDT

The Senate race in Montana continues to slip away from the Democrats. Burdened by plagiarism allegations, appointed-Sen. John Walsh, D, will not seek election to a full term in November. 

Democratic chances of holding the seat against At-Large Rep. Steve Daines, R, might improve slightly with a new candidate without Walsh’s baggage. But whomever Democrats choose to replace Walsh on the ballot will start off so far behind in money and campaign infrastructure that it is extremely difficult to see Daines losing the race.

We’re changing The Rothenberg Political Report rating of the race from Lean Republican to Republican Favored.