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December 15, 2009

One More Dem Decides To Retire

Bart Gordon, a 12-term congressman representing Tennessee 6 (a porkchop shaped district wrapped around the east side of Nashville) calls it quits.

Monday's announcement followed similar decisions from fellow long-timers John Tanner of Tennessee, Brian Baird of Washington and Dennis Moore of Kansas. More retirements are expected following the holidays.

Party strategists describe the retirements as more of a trickle than a flood. Fifteen years ago, the party lost more than two dozen incumbents to retirement as the Newt Gingrich-led Republicans swept into power by gaining a total of 54 seats.

Maybe just a trickle. Maybe a coincidence and all. But Tenn-6 went for McCain by 25 points last year.

HT ace, thanks me.

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