WASHINGTON -- The Senate easily confirmed one of its own Thursday, endorsing the nomination of longtime Montana Sen.
The vote was unanimous, 96 to 0. Baucus voted "present."
The Democratic senator stood at his desk accepting congratulations from his colleagues in both parties as the clerk called the roll. After the final tally was announced, Baucus was set to deliver his farewell speech to the body in which he's served since 1978.
Approval of the six-term senator’s nomination -- coming just a month after President
Baucus, chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, had announced he would not seek reelection in 2014.
Montana Lt. Gov.
Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, is likely to announce his choice to fill the vacancy Friday.
Winning the seat would give Walsh a needed boost in the race, which
The GOP needs a net gain of six seats to do so; the state’s lone congressman,
Baucus, 72, will succeed