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Sen. Portman Will Not Seek a Third Senate Term in 2022

Ohio Republican Rob Portman will not seek a third Senate term in 2022, potentially dashing Republicans’ hopes of taking back the Senate and the chamber’s dwindling number of centrists.  The two-term senator is one of the remaining centrists in the Senate, but he cited legislative paralysis in the Senate as a major factor in his decision to retire at the end of next year. Portman joins Sens. Toomey (R-PA) and Burr (R-NC) in retirement next year in key swing states. Democrats currently hold a narrow majority in an evenly split Senate due to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote.