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BREAKING: Dorgan Not to Seek Reelection

By on 1.5.10 | 5:10PM

In a huge blow to Democrats, incumbent North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan has announced he will not seek reelection.

His statement (via the Hill):

“Although I still have a passion for public service and enjoy my work in the Senate, I have other interests and I have other things I would like to pursue outside of public life.  I have written two books and have an invitation from a publisher to write two more books.  I would like to do some teaching and would also like to work on energy policy in the private sector.

“So, over this holiday season, I have come to the conclusion, with the support of my family, that I will not be seeking another term in the U.S. Senate in 2010.  It is a hard decision to make after thirty years in the Congress, but I believe it is the right time for me to pursue these other interests.

“Let me be clear that this decision does not relate to any dissatisfaction that I have about serving in the Senate. Yes, I wish there was less rancor and more bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate these days.  But still, it is a great privilege to serve and I have the utmost respect for all of the men and women with whom I serve.

A Rasmussen poll last month found Dorgan trailing Republican North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven by a 22 points, 58%-36%.

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