BREAKING: Snyder Out

Arkansas Congressman Vic Snyder (D) just announced he will not be seeking reelection this year:

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) announced tonight that he will be retiring at the end of his term, citing the difficult political environment that he would have faced to win an eighth term in the House.

“2010 will be a robust election year during which great forces collide to set the direction for our country for another two years,” Snyder said in a statement.

“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 was one of the most vulnerable House Democrats up for re-election, with a SurveyUSA poll released today showing him trailing his Republican challenger Tim Griffin by 17 points.

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For those of you keeping track, Snyder is the 11th House Democrat to announce his retirement this cycle.

To compare, 15 House Republicans have announced their retirements thus far.