Chris Dodd to announce retirement from Senate Wednesday 

There are several news reports out that Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., will announce Wednesday that he is not going to seek a sixth term in November.

Dodd has sent a letter to the FEC indicating he is no longer a candidate for the 2010 election.

This comes on the heels of Sen. Byron Dorgan's announcement Tuesday that he will not run for another term.

Dodd's decision is less surprising than Dorgan's. While Dorgan has slid significantly in a recent poll, his seat was generally considered safe. Dodd, on the other had, has been struggling in Connecticut polls for months, failing to bounce back from a string of mini-scandals. Republican challengers Rob Simmons and Linda McMahon lead him in  recent polls.

The non-partisan Cook Political Report lists Dodd's seat in the "Lean Republican" category.
Both retirements are potentially bad news for Senate Democrats, who hold a bare super-majority in the Senate that has allowed them to move major pieces of their agenda without being blocked by a Republican filibuster.

Dodd's retirement may not be as big of a problem for Democrats, however. Connecticut is a fairly reliably Democratic state and thus Dodd's Senate seat may be easier for a Democrat not burdened by his scandal history.

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