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Montana Democratic Party Loses U.S. Senate Nominee; Will Choose Another by Party Meeting

On August 7, Montana Democratic Party nominee John Walsh, running for re-election to the U.S. Senate, dropped out of the race. The Democratic Party will choose a new nominee by August 20. Walsh had been renominated in the June 3, 2014 primary. See this story.

If Montana had California’s top-two system, and if Walsh had placed first or second in the June 2014 primary, he would not be allowed to withdraw and he would be one of only two names on the November ballot.

4 Responses

  1. David

    Walsh was appointed so he isn’t running for re-election even though he is the incumbent. Will this help the Libertarian candidate?

  2. Michael

    Another question is this Senator Walsh related to Senator Thomas Walsh from 1913-1933? He was mentioned as a president or vice president candidate in the 1920s.

    • Jim Riley

      I don’t think so. If there was such a relationship it would be commented on in Montana, and I can find no such link.

      Walsh was married for a second time just prior to his death to a much younger woman from Cuba. They had been married in Havana, and were returning to Washington where Walsh was the Attorney General-designate in the first FDR administration.

      There are rumors that Walsh was poisoned due to his new bride’s connections to the president of Cuba. After his death, Walsh’s daughter from his first marriage accompanied his body back to Washington, while his widow remained in Washington. His daughter was married, so any descendants through her would have a different surname. Walsh’s first wife had died in 1917.

  3. Jim Riley

    I Montana had California’s previous electoral system, Walsh could not be replaced.

    Only corrupt states permit party bosses to replace nominees chosen by the people.

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