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Baucus to China raises question of who’s going to the Senate

Max Baucus is co-director of Farmers for Free Trade and a former U.S. senator from Montana, and former U.S. ambassador to China.

As reported earlier, Montana's senior Senator Max Baucus has been nominated to be the next ambassador to China - pending confirmation by the Senate.

The announcement has shaken up Montana politics, since Baucus had previously said he would retire at the end of 2014 and return to Montana. Leaving office before his term ends, means Governor Steve Bullock will pick a successor, most certainly a democrat, and possibly his lieutenant governor John Walsh, who is campaigning for the seat. Democrats see this race as critical for maintaining majority control of the Senate.
    News Director Sally Mauk spoke today with Lee newspaper reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, to analyze what this all means for Baucus, for the Senate race - and for Montana.


Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the Legislature to forest fires.
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