Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said Wednesday he will not seek re-election after his first term, leaving his party with an ever widening challenge as it tries to retain a majority in the U.S. Senate in the 2012 elections.
In an e-mail statement, Webb, 61, said he would return to the private sector, but offered no additional details of his plans.
"It has been a great and continuing privilege to serve in the United States Senate," he said. "I have every intention of remaining involved in the issues that affect the well-being and the future of our country."
Webb was elected to the Senate in an upset victory in 2006, ousting popular Republican Sen. George Allen. Allen has already announced his candidacy...