Democratic U.S. Senator Leahy says he will not seek re-election in 2022

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on Monday said he will not seek re-election next year, opening up another seat that Democrats will need to aggressively defend if they are to hold their razor-thin majority in the 2022 mid-term elections. Leahy, 81, serves as the chamber’s president pro tempore, a position that places him third in line to the presidency, after Vice President Kamala Harris and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. His retirement could open an opportunity for Democratic Representative Peter Welch to run for Senate. Leahy also is chairman of the…

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