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It's time to pass the torch: Sen. Leahy announces he will not seek reelection

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It's time to pass the torch: Sen. Leahy announces he will not seek reelection

It's time to pass the torch: Sen. Leahy announces he will not seek reelection

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Patrick Leahy, the president pro tempore of the Senate and fourth longest-serving senator in history, announced he will not run for reelection, during a press conference.


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Republicans Win Control of the House [Video]

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