Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) has announced he will not seek reelection, 24 hours after a poll showed him losing his 2010 race by 17 points.
Snyder released a candid statement saying the diffifulty of the race ahead was a major factor in his decision, especially considering his family situation.
"I have concluded that these election-year forces are no match for the persuasive and powerful attraction of our three one-year old boys under the leadership of their three-year old brother, and I have decided not to run for re-election," he said. "It is the greatest professional honor of my life to represent Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I am so grateful to the people of Arkansas to have had this wonderful opportunity. That honor will now pass to someone else at the conclusion of this term.”
Former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin has raised big money and is the favorite on the GOP side. A Research 2000 poll for the liberal website Firedoglake that was released Friday showed Griffing ahead 56-39.
Snyder is the fifth Democrat to retire outright, joining Reps. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), John Tanner (D-Tenn.) and Dennis Moore (D-Kan.).
Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) retired Thursday.
Snyder won't make Democrats happy with his decision. He continued to refuse to raise money in the off year, despite the likelihood of a strong Republican challenger. And when it became time for him to fire up the campaign machine, he opted not to even try.
His district went 54-44 for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last year.