Talking Points Memo reports Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., respects the decision by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., to retire rather than seek re-election.
The news means one more seat Democrats need to replenish to retain their narrow majority.
Here's the entire Reid statement: "Byron Dorgan is a friend and has been a strong voice for North Dakotans during his 30 years of service in Congress. I respect his decision to pursue other interests and wish him and his family the best in the future."
Here's a link to the TPM post.
TPM also reported: "For their part, Republicans are happy to see Dorgan go, and expect to add his North Dakota seat to the GOP column."