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Jun 18, 2013 1:15 AM by Keele Smith - MTN News

Group aims to 'draft' Schweitzer for Senate seat

The Draft Brian Schweitzer for Senate campaign held its first organizing meeting in Bozeman today.

The campaign is an effort to build support for Schweitzer as a replacement for Sen. Max Baucus in the U.S. Senate.

Organizers are trying to get 5,000 supporters, 500 volunteers and $50,000 by the time Schweitzer makes his decision on the race.

So far, they have raised $32,000 and 1,800 signatures.

Two Democratic legislators--Senator Mike Phillips and Representative Frankie Wilmer showed their support by speaking at the event.

Campaign state organizer Sean Whitting says raising support in college towns like Bozeman and Missoula is critical to the campaign.

"You get a lot of your active, involved people," Whitting said. "I mean other cities have a lot of people, but I like to think especially the college towns are the cities where you get a lot of people who will come in and volunteer continually." Whitting is confident that Schweitzer will run for the congressional seat.

If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

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