Citing family concerns, Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder (D) announced that he’ll retire rather than run for an eighth term.
“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,” Snyder wrote.
With the incumbent off the ballot, CQ-Roll Call has changed the rating on Arkansas’ 2nd district race from Leans Democratic to Leans Republican.
Snyder had been facing declining polling numbers and a well-funded challenger in attorney Tim Griffin. A poll commissioned by the liberal blog Firedoglake showed Snyder down 17 points to Griffin. And while Griffin is expected to report close to $300,000 in cash on hand in his upcoming Federal Election Commission report, Snyder had yet to raise any money for his re-election effort.