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Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., announces his plans to not seek re-election for a sixth term, in Charleston, W.Va. Friday Jan. 11, 2013. His wife Sharon sits at left. Rockefeller's retirement was widely expected and puts the seat held by Democrats since 1958 in jeopardy for the party.

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Jan. 11, 2013 @ 06:09 PM

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world's richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term.

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