(McClatchy News Service) Sen. John Walsh, the Montana Democrat dogged by revelations that he plagiarized large portions of his U.S. Army War College research paper, abruptly ended his election bid Thursday acknowledging that was unable to overcome the scandal.
'The 2007 research paper from my time at the U.S. Army War College has become a distraction from the debate you expect and deserve,' Walsh said in a statement Thursday on his campaign website. 'I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted in me as your U.S. Senator. You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will.'
Walsh was appointed to the Senate to fill the term of Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who was appointed U.S. ambassador to China by President Barack Obama. Walsh was seeking for his first full term in the Senate. He said nothing Thursday about resigning from the Senate before his term expires in January 2015.
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