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Ex-state senator announces run for US Senate

HELENA (AP) — Former state Sen. Corey Stapleton says he will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus in 2014.

The Billings Republican announced his intention to run in a video on his website, .

He says in the video that if elected, he will work to balance the budget and solve the nation's financial problems.

Stapleton lost a bruising Republican primary for governor last year that was won by former U.S. Rep. Rick Hill.

Hill went on to lose the general election against Democrat Steve Bullock.

Republican State Rep. Champ Edmunds of Missoula also has said he is considering a run for the seat next year.

Baucus has served in the Senate since 1978.



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