Another Democratic Senator Retiring

New Mexico's Jeff Bingaman will not seek reelection, sources say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2011 12:31 PM CST
In this Jan. 26, 2011, file photo, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

(Newser) – Democratic officials say Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico intends to retire next year rather than seek a new term. Bingaman would be the latest in a string of departures to hit Democrats as they look ahead to the 2012 election season. He is currently serving his fifth term. Democratic Sens. Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jim Webb of Virginia have also announced they do not intend to seek a new term.

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