Senator Accused of Plagiarism Ends Election Bid

August 8, 2014

The Montana senator accused of plagiarizing his final paper for his master's degree has ended his election campaign. John Walsh, a Democrat who was appointed by departing Sen. Max Baucus, and who was running for a full term this fall, came under fire last month after The New York Times reported he had apparently plagiarized large portions of his final paper at the U.S. Army War College. National Democrats initially supported Walsh, who attributed the flap in part to post-traumatic stress disorder from a deployment to Iraq with the National Guard. But public sentiment against the senator, including from Montana veterans, continued to grow. On Thursday, Walsh released a statement to supporters, reported by the Billings Gazette, saying "I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator." Walsh will serve out the rest of his current term, through 2015.

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