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Lieberman To Make 2012 Announcement

January 18, 2011

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) will announce whether he will seek re-election in 2012 on Wednesday.

Whether Lieberman will seek another term as an independent or retire is one of the biggest political mysteries early on this election cycle. Earlier Tuesday, former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) announced she will run for the Senate and Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is likely to follow her lead.

In an email to supporters, Lieberman said he is planning on event on Wednesday in Stamford, Conn., at 12:30 p.m.

"Thank you for the trust and support you have shown us over the years," Lieberman said in the email, obtained by Hotline On Call. "We are blessed to have friends like you, and we go forward with both a tremendous sense of gratitude and great faith in the future."

It's tough to read the tea leaves on his decision, and Lieberman's camp has been mum this afternoon. A decision this early in the cycle could suggest he would rather spend the remainder of his time in the Senate working on his policy goals than dodging re-election questions.

But Lieberman also may want to get an early start on what would be a contentious re-election bid, and signal to his supporters that he's ready to campaign - and raise the millions necessary for the bid.

Lieberman has not announced which party banner he'll run under, if he runs for re-election. He has not officially ruled out running as a Democrat, but has said he is more likely to run as an independent.

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