Max Baucus to Retire From Senate

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 17, 2013.

Another longtime Democratic Senate seat will be up for grabs in 2014. Senior Democratic strategists tell The Washington Post that Max Baucus, first elected in 1978, will retire rather than seek reelection. Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is the sixth Senate Democrat to announce retirement this election cycle. Sources say the likely Democrat to succeed him is former governor Brian Schweitzer. Baucus voted against the gun background-check bill last week. When asked why, he answered, “Montana.”