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NM Senator Pete Domenici to Retire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico intends to retire at the end of his term next year, closing out a 36-year career in Congress.

Republican officials announced the news today.

These officials say the 75-year-old Domenici intends to make a formal announcement tomorrow in his home state.

They spoke today on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the six-term lawmaker.

Domenici would be the fourth Republican senator to decline to seek a new term, giving Democrats an opportunity to expand their majority in the 2008 elections.

Senators John Warner of Virginia, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Wayne Allard of Colorado have previously announced plans not to run again.

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