- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Democrats have selected a little-known state legislator as their replacement candidate for the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rep. Steve Daines after Sen. John Walsh dropped out.

Delegates voted Saturday for Amanda Curtis of Butte over Wilsall rancher Dirk Adams during a special nominating convention in Helena.

Curtis has less than three months before the Nov. 4 elections to introduce herself and make her case to Montana voters to keep the seat controlled by Democrats for more than a century.

Walsh had faced an uphill climb in the race against Daines, a first-term congressman who has raised more than $4.4 million in his Senate bid.

Daines is expected to have an even bigger advantage against a new candidate after Walsh dropped out over allegations he plagiarized a 2007 U.S. Army War College research paper.

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