Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire

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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2011, file photo, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, comments in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, after leaving the floor of the Senate, where legislation was passed to extend Social Security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits. Snowe, who has served 33 years in Congress, released a statement Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 saying that she will not run for re-election.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, 65, R-Maine announced Feb. 28 that she will not stand for re-election this fall, because she does not "realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change."

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