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Report: Dodd To Retire; Blumenthal Likely To Run

But wait, there's more!

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reports that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) will end his long career in Washington and not seek re-election this November. And in a boost to Democrats' chances of holding the seat, Cillizza reports that state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal "is widely expected to step into the void."

More:

Blumenthal, who has served as state Attorney General since 1990, is the most popular politician in the state and has long coveted a Senate seat; he had already signaled that he would run for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) in 2012. (A sidenote: Assuming Blumenthal gets in to the race, Rep. Chris Murphy could be the long-term beneficiary as he is widely regarded as a rising star and would be at the top of the list of Democratic hopefuls to challenge Lieberman in 2012.)

Without Dodd as a foil, Republicans chances of taking over a seat in this solidly blue state are considerably diminished. Former Rep. Rob Simmons and wealthy businesswoman Linda McMahon are battling it out for the Republican nod but either would start as an underdog in a general election matchup with Blumenthal.

The White House did all it could to help Dodd, elevating him at official events and sending his old friend Joe Biden in several times to stump for him. But clearly Dodd concluded that there was no hope of turning his fortunes around.

After a tumultuous Tuesday, one has to wonder if this is a case of Democrats getting all their bad news out at once, or if there are other shoes still to drop. The other incumbent that the party would like to see step aside is New York Gov. David Paterson. He delivers his state of the state address Wednesday in Albany.