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Representative Vic Snyder of Arkansas announced Friday evening that he would not run for re-election in November, becoming the 11th House Democrat to bow out in the tough political environment.

“2010 will be a robust election year during which great forces collide to set the direction for our country for another two years,” Mr. Snyder, 62, said in a statement. “I have concluded that these election-year forces are no match for the persuasive and powerful attraction of our three one-year old boys under the leadership of their three-year old brother, and I have decided not to run for re-election.”

Mr. Snyder, a seven-term lawmaker who was a certain target for Republicans this fall, faces a formidable Republican opponent in Tim Griffin, a former U.S. attorney.

NYT
1/15/10

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