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Elections, Political Parties, Unit 3

Snowe to retire

Olympia Snowe is the classic example of a moderate Republican, the sort that have unfortunately been going out of fashion of late. It seems this trend is continuing as the Maine sentor has announced her forthcoming retirement. What is particularly interesting is the rationale for her departure from politics, namely the increasingly partisan nature of congressional politics. This piece in the Washington Post provides some excellent data on Snowe and also suggests that she is the sixth moderate Senator to announce their retirement, perhaps heralding an even more divided and gridlocked Congress after 2012.




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