The species known as the moderate Republican seemed to move one step closer to extinction on Tuesday when Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced that she will not run for reelection this year.
"After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate," Snowe said in the statement on the Maine Republican Party's Facebook page.
Snowe's surprise announcement that she will not seek a fourth term in the U.S. Senate has dramatic resonance. As one of the last of the truly moderate Republicans, Snowe is part of a breed that's disappearing from Congress. Her vacating a seat in a state that has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1992 greatly strengthens the Democrats chances of holding on to the Senate and give strategists at the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee reason to cry in their beers.
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