January 6th, 2010
05:09 AM ET
4 years ago

Dodd to announce retirement

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, plans to announce his retirement, two sources close to the lawmaker told CNN.
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, plans to announce his retirement, two sources close to the lawmaker told CNN.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, plans to announce his retirement, two sources close to the lawmaker told CNN.

A news conference is planned for Wednesday to announce the decision, one of the sources said.

Dodd, 65, had been winning congressional elections in his state since 1974, but has recently been considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats seeking re-election in 2010. He has been criticized for ties to the financial industry, and several formidable challengers have been vying to challenge him in the November election.

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January 6th, 2010
05:04 AM ET
4 years ago

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CNN: Sen. Dodd to retire, sources tell CNN
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