Montana senator's campaign says Walsh won't withdraw from race over plagiarism


HELENA, Mont. - Sen. John Walsh's campaign says the Montana Democrat won't drop out of November's election over allegations that he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree. Walsh has come under fire amid reports that his 2007 U.S. Army War College thesis included a series of unattributed passages taken from the writings of other scholars. Asked if Walsh was considering dropping out of the race, campaign spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua said Thursday: "Absolutely not." National and state Democrats reaffirmed their support of the embattled senator's candidacy. They include Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who said he had no knowledge of the plagiarism when he appointed the former lieutenant governor to the Senate in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines in the Nov. 4 election.