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The economy and a host of other factors have made the political environment downright toxic for incumbents. Facing tough midterm campaigns, several Congressional Democrats and Republicans have decided to retire at the end of their term this year. Four House members announced their retirement just this week: Rep. Vern Ehlers [R, MI-3], Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart [R, FL-21], Rep. Diane Watson [D, CA-33] and Rep. Patrick Kennedy [D, RI-1]. In total, 12 Democrats (four from the Senate, eight from th...

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