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Democrats Put Big-Sky Hopes on Schweitzer

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
Baucus’ decision not to seek re-election means all eyes are on Montana’s former Democratic governor.

But the Finance Committee chairman will turn 73 a month after the 2014 elections, and Baucus said in a statement that he’s looking forward to spending time with his wife and son once his term his up.

“It’s a surprise because Max was doing everything right — money, votes, getting back to Montana. All that stuff,” one Democratic operative familiar with Baucus said. “In that sense it’s surprising, but on the other hand it makes a total sense.”

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