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Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd has announced he will not seek re-election in 2010.  WNPR's Diane Orson reports.

Speaking to reporters outside his home in East Haddam, Senator Chris Dodd thanked the people of Connecticut for their confidence during his 30 years in Congress. He expressed regret that some of his actions may have caused residents to question that confidence.  Dodd described difficult challenges he’s faced in the past year, and said he made the decision not to seek a sixth term on Christmas eve.

"In the long sweep of American history, there are moments for each elected public official to step aside and let someone else step up. This is my moment to stand aside."

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal quickly announced that he’s entering the race for Dodd’s seat.  Blumenthal has been Connecticut’s attorney general since 1990. 

For NPR News, I’m Diane Orson in New Haven.