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More 2012: Snowe won't seek re-election in 2012

MAINE: The Portland Press-Herald’s front page on Snowe: “True statesman is bowing out.”

The Bangor Daily News: “U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe stunned Maine’s political establishment on Tuesday by announcing she would not seek re-election in a decision likely to have ramifications on both congressional races here and on the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.”

“Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican senator from Maine known for her ability to work across party lines on key issues impacting New England and the nation, surprised many of her colleagues yesterday with her announcement that she would not seek reelection this fall,” the Boston Globe writes. “Despite laying a strong foundation for her campaign these past few months, the three-term senator decided she’ll leave after 33 years in Congress, partially blaming the bitter partisanship that has permeated Washington.”