The Montana Democratic Party nominated state Rep. Amanda Curtis on Saturday to replace retiring Sen. John Walsh on the ballot in November.
Curtis, a 34-year-old, first-term state legislator and high school math teacher from Butte , enters the contest a heavy underdog against Republican Rep. Steve Daines — as was Walsh. The race is rated Favored Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Walsh, appointed to the Senate in February but plagued by a plagiarism scandal, announced on Aug. 7 he would not seek a full term. Since the primary had already passed, state Democrats held a convention Saturday morning at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena to select a new nominee. "Amanda Curtis is a force to be reckoned with," state party Chairman Jim Larson said in a statement. "In her time in the state legislature, Curtis proved her strength as a voice for hardworking, everyday Montanans. Amanda has a proven record as a communicator and fighter. As a teacher, Curtis has a unique insight into what matters most to Montana families."
In a statement responding to Curtis' nomination, Montana GOP Chairman Will Deschamps said the state deserves "a voice in Washington that will stand for Montana — not Obama."
Related Stories: John Walsh Drops Senate Bid Top 10 Most Vulnerable Senators Ratings Change: Montana Senate Democratic Retirements Put Senate in Play Walsh on Plagiarism: 'I Made a Mistake' But Not Due to PTSD Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.