The 2012 election season just got a little more interesting, as Democratic Senator James Webb of Virgina has announced he will not make a reelection bid.
Via The Washington Post:
Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012.
Webb’s decision, long anticipated by many in Virginia politics, will make his seat more difficult to hold for his party. Ex-Sen. George Allen (R), who lost the seat in 2006 to Webb, is running to win it back, and a handful of other GOP candidates are also running. Jamie Radtke (R), former chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, is also running for the seat.
Some Democrats hope ex-Gov. Tim Kaine will decide to run for the seat, but he has given no indication yet that he is interested.
With Webb’s announcement, the possibility of a Republican takeover of the senate is a strong possibility and will no doubt increase the pressure on all GOP candidates as they head into the 2012 season.