Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota announces he will not seek reelection
In a surprise to even some staffers, Senator Bryon Dorgan announced he will not seek reelection. The Senator's announcement comes as a blow to national Democrats and a shock to many in North Dakota.
Governor John Hoeven, a Republican, has been mentioned as a possible contender for the seat.
Dorgan said in a statement the decision was not based on the potentially hard fought race, nor was it based on dissatisfaction with the Senate. Instead, Dorgan said he reached the decision after much deliberation and expressed a desire to pursue other interests.