Posted at 10:07 a.m.
Montana Sen. Max Baucus has decided to retire instead of seek re-election next year, according to a report in the Washington Post confirmed by Democratic sources.
The Senate Finance Committee chairman was considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats up in 2014 and Republicans had made clear they would heavily target the race. Baucus has served in the Senate since 1979 and has not faced difficult races in recent years.
Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will be at the top of Democrats’ wish list as the candidate in the open-seat race. A Democratic source indicated the ex-governor is leaning toward running.