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"We had a big victory this weekend — one that every Republican should be proud of," NRSC Chairman Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranAn unlikely bipartisan solution on energy and taxes Alexander struggles to find health-care breakthrough Overnight Tech: House Intel to release Russian Facebook ads | Trump tweet on NBC draws backlash | Senators want answers from alleged robocall king | Twitter reverses on Blackburn ad MORE (R-Kan.) says in an email to supporters sent Monday morning. "The reason Brian Schweitzer decided not to run? I believe that he feared the information that we uncovered. That information, combined with how unpopular the Democrat agenda of higher taxes, bankrupting spending, and the ObamaCare train wreck is in Montana these days kept the governor out."

Schweitzer announced over the weekend that he wouldn't run for retiring Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusTop Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP tries to keep spotlight on taxes amid Mueller charges Clinton-Sanders tensions linger for Democrats MORE's (D-Mont.) seat, dealing a major blow to Democratic hopes of winning the race in the GOP-leaning state and giving Republicans a more promising path to winning Senate control next fall.

The NRSC had warned for weeks that Schweitzer was a treasure trove for opposition researchers, and Schweitzer's announcement that he wouldn't run came a day before the Great Falls Tribune published a lengthy, hard-hitting report on Schweitzer's ties to a dark-money group.