Stephanie Schriock not running for Senate

0818-wires-emilys_full_380 Stephanie Schriock during a news conference Aug. 17, 2010. (Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images)

EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock will not run for Senate in Montana, dashing the hopes of Democratic activists who hoped to see her become one of the female politicians her organization supports.

“Montana raised me, and it will always be my heart," Schriock said in a statement. "It has been truly incredible to hear from so many folks who believe in me. I would love to say yes, but this is not the right time. There is so much work to be done all over the country fighting on behalf of women and standing up against a concerted effort to roll back the clock on our freedoms and opportunities."

Schriock, a native of Butte, was Montana Sen. Jon Tester's campaign manager in 2006 and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's in 2008.

Democrats are still looking for a candidate for the seat being left open by retiring Sen. Max Baucus (D). Former governor Brian Schweitzer announced this month that he would not run, significantly increasing Republicans' chances of taking this seat. Currently running on the GOP side are former state senator Corey Stapleton and state Rep. Champ Edmunds. Freshman Rep. Steve Daines might also get into the race.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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