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7 Candidates Democrats Could Run In Montana Now That Senator John Walsh Is Retiring

FILE-In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., speaks on the National Mall in Washington. Walsh says he is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper. Walsh said in a statement Thursday he’ll leave the race but keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak,File)
FILE-In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., speaks on the National Mall in Washington. Walsh says he is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper. Walsh said in a statement Thursday he’ll leave the race but keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak,File)

Now that Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) has abandoned his re-election bid amid allegations that he plagiarized portions of his 2007 master’s thesis, Democrats are in a bit of a bind.

They must find a suitable replacement to run against Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who is heavily favored to carry the seat come November. And they have to do so before Aug. 20. Potential candidates include Nancy Keenan, former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; John Bohlinger, former lieutenant governor; and perhaps even Brian Schweitzer, the former governor who briefly flirted with a presidential run earlier this year.

But all of those options are sure to have an uphill battle in Big Sky Country, and Democrats may very well need a "game changer" of Sarah Palin variety.

So, without further ado, here are seven very serious game-changing candidates Democrats should consider, courtesy of The Huffington Post.

Tumbleweed
tumbleweed
It would certainly be easier to push uphill.

Brian Schweitzer's Bolo Tie
brian schweitzer

No red ties or blue ties, just united bolo ties.

A Grizzly Bear

Because they've been known to do stranger things.

A Trout
montana big sky

Because any fin is possible.

A Cow
cow

It could help lock up the Chick-fil-A vote.

Big Sky
montana sky
It certainly has the right color scheme.

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