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11:50 PM EST Tuesday, January 5, 2010

News alert: Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd expected to announce retirement, sources say

If this is true, which it seems to be, Dodd will the second Democratic Senator to announce his retirement in so many days (Dorgan being the first). While the Republicans seemed to be fronting a strong attack against Dodd (Linda McMahon excepted), it seems to be that in a reliably blue state such as Connecticut, this seems to at least maintain the status quo, if not give the race a bluer trend.

Look for more entrants into the primary, such as (hopefully!?) Ned Lamont in the coming days and weeks.

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Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.), a leading Democrat whose political star fell along with the nation's economy, is expected to announce Wednesday that he has decided against running for reelection this November, according to sources briefed on the decision.

Dodd, in his fifth term, chairs the Senate Banking Committee. His retirement would be the second such announcement by a Senate Democrat in 24 hours; North Dakota's Byron Dorgan said Tuesday that he would not run this fall.

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Originally posted to ma4dem on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:04 PM PST.

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