Friday, January 15, 2010

AR 2: Snyder (D) to Retire

Democratic Cong. Vic Snyder is retiring, leaving another open seat headache for the Democrats.

"I have concluded that these election-year forces are no match for the persuasive and powerful attraction of our three one-year old boys under the leadership of their three-year old brother, and I have decided not to run for re-election," Snyder said in a statement.

Snyder leaves behind his Arkansas's 2nd District that John McCain won 54%-44% in the 2008 presidential race. Republicans were already excited about their chances against Snyder with former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin (R) in the race. A poll released today had Griffin defeating the congressman by 17 points.

If Scott Brown (R) comes close or wins Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts, more Democrats may reconsider their options for 2010.

UPDATE 11:19PM- Potential Democratic candidates include Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (who is also mentioned as a potential primary challenger to Sen. Blanche Lincoln), state Sen. Shane Broadway, Speaker of the House Robbie Wills, Public Service Commissioner Paul Susky, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, former state Sen. Jim Argue and President of the Senate Bob Johnson.