Citing partisanship, Snowe stuns with departure news
February 28th, 2012
06:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Citing partisanship, Snowe stuns with departure news

Washington (CNN) – While issuing a harsh critique of the partisanship that often has the Senate in gridlock, Olympia Snowe, a three-term moderate Republican from Maine, stunned her colleagues Tuesday when she announced she would not seek re-election.

Her unexpected decision could make it more difficult for hopeful Republicans to win back the majority in the chamber where Democrats currently hold a 53-47 seat advantage.
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