There is likely to be one less woman in the senate in 2012, as Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced that she will not run for retiring Republican Senator Olympia Snowe’s seat.
Citing the issues of running in a three-way race, and the fear that† her entry could cause the non-conservative vote to fracture and allow the Republicans to keep the seat, Pingree said that after much thought she will stay in the House.† “After careful consideration I have decided to run for re-election to the U.S. House this year. This has been a very difficult decision and I will always be grateful for the tremendous support Iíve received from people all across Maine and around the country. I have been humbled by the enthusiastic encouragement Iíve gotten — from my neighbors here in Maine to my colleagues in Washington.”
Former Governor Angus King will be running as an Independent in the race, which many believed would cause a splintering of the Democratic vote.† Pingree stated that she talked to King about his not running in the race, but he was undeterred.† Rather than risk potentially splitting the vote and handing a Republican candidate a win, Pingree decided to not run instead.
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