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Baucus' China Appointment Will Help D's

Peter Schroeder, Bernie Becker and Kevin Bogardus, The Hill

By leaving the Senate early, it allows Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) to fill the seat ahead of a difficult election fight in the conservative-leaning state. A former Dem. aide said that Montana’s current lieutenant governor, John Walsh (D), is expected to be appointed to Baucus's seat once the confirmation process is complete.