Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Olympia Snowe WILL NOT run for re-election

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, the senior senator from Maine, announced this afternoon that she WILL NOT run for re-election after 33 years in Congress.  Snowe said she and her husband were both in good health but that she would be leaving the senate because she was frustrated with the "atmosphere ofpolarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions."

There is no word on who might run in her place or the chances a Democrat might have to take her seat.  Last November, Public Policy Polling said Snowe "was expected to beat her two almost unknown possible Democratic opponents by margins of 42 and 47 points, and even well-known but less likely Democratic challengers, Rep’s Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, would fall by respective 17- and 19-point spreads."

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