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Dorgan has been considering not running for months

Published 01/07/2010, The Jamestown Sun

While Sen. Byron Dorgan shocked North Dakotans and some of his closest colleagues in Washington with his decision not to run for re-election, the three-term U.S. senator said Wednesday he has been considering it for many months. “This is not a decision you make lightly, and it’s not an easy decision,” Dorgan said. “I think it’s the right time and the right decision.” Dorgan said his nearly 30 years in Washington have been “totally and wholly positive,” but he considered a number of possibilities that a life outside public office might offer.

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