Senator John Walsh (D., Mont.) will drop out of the Senate race following revelations that he allegedly plagiarized more than half of his research paper while at the U.S. Army War College. The state’s Democratic party now has less than two weeks to find a replacement candidate.
“I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator,” he said in a statement, according to the Billings Gazette. “You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will.”
Walsh had been weighing dropping out of the race following a New York Times report that he plagiarized and failed to properly as much as two-thirds of his final paper. His decision to drop out gives state Democrats until August 20 to pick a replacement to face Republican representative Steve Daines in the November election.
Walsh has only been in office for six months after he was appointed in February to replace already-retiring senator Max Baucus, who was nominated to serve as United States ambassador to China.