Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) decision not to seek reelection next year sets up another open-seat Senate contest in 2012 — one political insiders in the state expect to lead to spirited primaries on both sides of the aisle.
Facing what would have been a tough road to another term, Lieberman is set to officially announce his decision to bow out at an event in Stamford, Conn., early Wednesday afternoon.
It's partially a relief for Democrats, eager to move past the man who has been a perennial irritant for the party of late.
Despite caucusing with Democrats in the Senate, the gulf between Lieberman and his former party only grew following his reelection in 2006 and after he endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president in 2008.
Given Connecticut's blue tinge, Democrats are hopeful Lieberman's decision paves the way for a much more reliable Democrat to capture the seat in 2012.
Former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) has already jumped into the race, announcing her candidacy Monday, with others expected to follow.