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"We had a big victory this weekend — one that every Republican should be proud of," NRSC Chairman Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranIT modernization measure included in Senate-approved defense policy bill Campaign video touts apprenticeships making Trump commemorative coins Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Democrats 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 BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president 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.