Big political news as John Warner announces he'll be retiring rather than running for re-election in 2008. Virginia's still a Republican-leaning state, but the trends have been in the Democratic direction for the past few years. Add into the mix the fact that in former governor Mark Warner the Democrats have a very strong potential candidate and that 2008 seems like a bad political climate for Republicans, this is a good pickup opportunity. The only problem was John Warner, a super-popular long-time Republican. But with him bowing out, the Democratic Warner would have to be favored if he finds himself inclined to get in the race. Meanwhile, the Republican Warner's retirement is a real vote of no confidence in the GOP.
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