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Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, saying she is tired of “wasting precious time” in a bitter divided Congress, announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in November.
“We could have done so much,” Snowe told Capitol Hill Blue. “The Senate could have done some big things. We should have had an energy policy. We should have had tax reform. We should have had regulatory reform. Americans have a right to expect and demand an end to the partisan gridlock and they are understandably shocked by the Senate not being able to come together.”
The 65-year-old Snowe, despite threats of a challenge from Republican conservatives, faced a relatively easy race for re-election to a fourth six-year term in the Senate.
Democrats see Snowe’s departure as an opportunity to pick up a critical seat in the Senate and, possibly, pad their 53-47 seats.