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Rep. Henry Brown (R-S.C.) To Retire

South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown (R) will announce his retirement from Congress today at a 2 p.m. press conference, according to The Palmetto Scoop, a conservative South Carolina website. Brown, 74, reportedly factored age and life in the minority party into his decision.

Brown's exit from the 2010 sweepstakes adds to the growing number of Republicans (14) not seeking re-election next year, and he is the second GOPer in the last week to announce his retirement -- Rep. George Radanovich (R-Calif.) is leaving Congress to tend to his wife. Brown and Radanovich are the only two not seeking higher office.

Brown would have faced a difficult primary, with potential candidates including: Carroll "Tumpy" Campbell III, son of the late governor Carroll Campbell; Isle of Palms City Councilman Ryan Buckhannon; 2008 challenger Katherine Jenerette; and attorney Mark Fava.

Politico adds another name to the mix -- Charleston County Council member Paul Thurmond, son of the late Strom Thurmond.

The coastal district leans Republican, with John McCain winning 56 percent in 2008 and George W. Bush winning 61 percent four years earlier. Until 2008 when he won by a slim 4-point margin, Brown had easily won re-election since coming to Congress in 2000.

SC 01: Brown +11

Yes, Democrats are having a good year. But it would take a real wave for the party to make inroads in Rep. Henry Brown's coastal First District. A DailyKos/Research 2000 poll surveyed 400 likely voters 10/20-22 for a margin of error of +/- 4.9%. Brown and philanthropist Linda Ketner were tested.

General Election Matchup
(All / Dem / GOP / Ind / Men / Wom)
Brown.......48 / 8 / 82 / 46 / 52 / 44
Ketner.......37 / 78 / 4 / 36 / 35 / 39

Democrats have started pitching this race as a sleeper, and Ketner's shots at Brown over a forest fire have attracted attention. But Brown's is a very conservative district and he leads big among independents.