Bingaman to Retire

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is “expected to announce his retirement today, according to a source close to the decision, a move that further complicates his party’s efforts to hold their Senate majority in 2012,” the Washington Post reports.

Democratic strategists, while disappointed in Bingaman’s decision, cast the decision as part of a broader strategy put in place by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) to force members on the fence to make their intentions clear early on.

Bingaman chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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