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"We had a big victory this weekend — one that every Republican should be proud of," NRSC Chairman Jerry MoranJerry MoranYahoo reveals new details about security A guide to the committees: Senate Verizon, Yahoo slash merger deal by 0M over data breaches 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 BaucusFive reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination The mysterious sealed opioid report fuels speculation 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.