Dems announce they won’t run for re-election

The retirements of two top Democratic senators underscore what many in the party had already conceded: The prognosis for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections is looking bad.

In brief remarks Wednesday outside his home in East Haddam, Conn., Sen. Christopher Dodd confirmed he wouldn’t seek re-election for a sixth term, bowing to political realities which see him trailing potential Republican opponents in a fall campaign.

Mr. Dodd said his decision wasn’t based on any predictions about the November elections, although the senator also acknowledged he is in “the toughest political shape” of his career.

WSJ
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