Montana AG Fox dashes GOP hopes, won't bid for Senate in 2018

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox (R) will not run for the U.S. Senate against Democrat John Tester in 2018, according to Politco.

Fox is the second Republican to decline to run for the seat. Former Rep. Ryan Zinke was originally Republicans' first choice to run. He decided not to run in December after he decided to join President Trump's administration as interior secretary.

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Fox is known to be interested in a Montana gubernatorial bid, according to the report.  

The attorney general’s decision comes after Montana GOP Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte body slammed a reporter prior to the state’s special election in May. Gianforte was charged with assault.

Gianforte was Montana GOP's gubernatorial candidate in 2016.

Businessman Troy Downing and state Sen. Al Olszewski, both Republicans, have launched Senate campaigns. Politico says State Auditor Matt Rosendale is mulling a run as well.