Sen. Byron Dorgan, a 18-year veteran Democrat, dropped a late-day bombshell, announcing he will retire when his term ends this year. Dorgan's announcement represents an opportunity for Republicans: North Dakota is a Republican-leaning state, where President Obama got just 45% of the vote last year.http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2010/01/north-dakota-sen-byron-dorgan-to-retire.html
A source tells Political Wire that Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) is ending his re-election campaign. A fundraiser scheduled for tonight was canceled and all campaign staff was sent home in the middle of the day.http://mydd.com/2010/1/5/co-gov-ritter-reportedly-retiring
Remember when we were told Obama would turn the mountain west "blue"? Instead, he's killing Democratic incumbents, and negating a decade of party building in the west.