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  •  question for past dem senate retirements: (3+ / 0-)
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    sacman701, lordpet8, MichaelNY

    which were scared into retirement?

    2014
    Rockefeller - yes

    2012
    Conrad No
    Nelson Yes
    Webb - Maybe. I don't think he likes politics anymore
    Bingaman No
    Akaka No
    Kohl No

    2010
    Bayh - Possibly. Like Webb, I think he was just sick of DC.
    Dorgan - depends if you believe Hoeven was ready to jump in
    Dodd - yes

    2008
    all nos

    2006
    all nos

    2004
    Hollings - probably. Add age to that too
    Breaux - no
    Graham - no
    Miller - no
    Edwards - no

    2000
    Bryan - maybe
    Kerrey - maybe. But he did win by ten in 1994
    Lautenberg - no
    Moynihan - no

    1998
    Glenn - no
    Bumpers - no
    Ford - no

    1996
    Heflin - possibly
    Nunn - no
    Pryor - no
    Johnston - giving his showing against David Duke, yes
    Bradley - he nearly lost in 1990, so maybe
    Exon - no, I think he was just sick of politics.
    Pell - no
    Simon - no

    1994
    Metzenbaum - yes
    Mitchell - probably not
    Riegle - given his involvement in the HBS, probably
    DeConcini - yes

    1992
    Wirth - maybe
    Adams - definitely
    Cranston - yes, although he was old anyways

    RRH expat (known as AquarianLeft). Also known as freepcrusher on leip atlas forum

    by demographicarmageddon on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:49:09 PM PST

    •  Bayh: No (2+ / 0-)
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      He would have won. You're right, he just didn't like being in the Senate.

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      by HoosierD42 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 03:17:40 PM PST

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    •  hmm (2+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, MichaelNY

      Nelson- I think saw the writting on the wall, there weren't going to be enough Nebraskans willing ticket split for him anymore

      Hollings- he had served quite a many terms, I don't think Demint scared him as so much as he had done his fair share and was ready to retire

      Johnston - wait was he really losing to duke?

      Metzenbaum - I think he was just old and ready to throw in the towel

      Wirth- he had grown tired of the senate, " frustration with the ever increasing role of money in politics to the exclusion of focus on public policy."

      "Unfortunately when the Republican party needs to be a big tent party it seems to me we are doing everything we can to become a pup tent party. " — Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R)

      by lordpet8 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:43:14 PM PST

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      •  the margin against David Duke was like 53-44 (0+ / 0-)

        and most national republican leaders endorsed Johnston. This was in the jungle primary though so he was actually unopposed in November.

        RRH expat (known as AquarianLeft). Also known as freepcrusher on leip atlas forum

        by demographicarmageddon on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:01:07 PM PST

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