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 Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24, which creates the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board. With Bullock are Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, at left, and Sen. Jim Keane, D-Butte. 

HELENA — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he is "absolutely not" interested in the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus.

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election. It is the first open Montana Senate seat with no incumbent since the 1970s.

Bullock said Friday that he is only interested in the "great job" he has as governor of the state. The Democrat was elected to the post last year after one term as attorney general.

Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer is considering a Senate run. Other interested Democrats, including state auditor Monica Lindeen and state schools superintendent Denise Juneau, are waiting to see what Schweitzer does.

Republican Rep. Steve Daines and his predecessor, Denny Rehberg, are also looking at the race.

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