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Dave Obey to Retire; One More Big Open-Seat Race

And my list of 99 is prescient, but out-of-date already:

In a major blow to Democrats, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey has told close associates that he will not seek re-election and an announcement of his plans is expected as early as Wednesday.

What I wrote earlier this week:

Dave Obey, Wisconsin: The New York Times felt compelled to write a piece about the danger he’s in this year; if the guys at the NRCC were any higher on Sean Duffy they would be writing his name in their notebooks with little hearts and swirly marks around it.

I should note that there’s another GOP candidate on the ballot, Daniel Mielke.

UPDATE: My primary Wisconsin politics guy told me five days ago:

Obey’s polling, for what seems like the first time in decades; hardly a week goes by without an attack press release or two on Duffy from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin because Obey from most accounts doesn’t have 1) a campaign office, 2) a campaign spokesman, and 3) just set up a campaign website for the first time this year.

Must have seen something he didn’t like in those polling numbers.


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