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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:27 p.m.

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

The Democrat is running against Republican Rep. Steve Daines to keep the seat Walsh was appointed to in February when Max Baucus resigned to become U.S. ambassador to China, and national Democrats said they remained “100 percent behind Sen. Walsh.”

The apparent plagiarism in Walsh's 2007 thesis, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” was first reported by The New York Times in a story posted online on Wednesday afternoon. Walsh submitted the paper to earn his Master of Strategic Studies degree nearly two years after he returned from Iraq and about a year before he became Montana's adjutant general overseeing the state's National Guard and Department of Military Affairs.

Walsh's campaign said the senator did not intend to plagiarize.

“There were areas that should have been cited differently, but it was completely unintentional,” spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua said in a statement.

The paper, reviewed by the AP, includes a series of unattributed passages taken from the writings of other scholars.

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