ND Sen. Dorgan Won't Run for Re-Election
Term is up this year; move a 'total stunner' to fellow Democrats
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 6:24 PM CST
Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-ND, announced today that he won't seek a third term in November.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – In a move one Democratic aide called a “total stunner,” North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan announced today that he won’t run for re-election this fall. Dorgan, 68, says “this decision does not relate to any dissatisfaction that I have about serving in the Senate,” and that he wants to spend more time with his family.

It’s “un-spinnably bad news for the Democrats,” Nate Silver adds, given the party’s slim control of the Senate. Though Dorgan was quite popular in North Dakota—and wasn’t facing a serious Republican challenger—the state has often voted for the GOP’s presidential candidate, raising the party’s hopes of a pickup in “what will likely be a bad national environment for the Democrats.”