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Sen. Saxby Chambliss confirms he won't run again in 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that he will not seek a third term in 2014.

In a written statement, Chambliss said Friday morning that his decision is the result of frustration over a lack of leadership from the White House and a lack of action from Congress.

The Republican senator has faced criticism from hard-right conservatives for his efforts to craft compromises on tax and budget fights that have paralyzed Capitol Hill in recent years. But Chambliss insisted that the prospect of a difficult primary fight was not a factor in his retirement.

His retirement promises a crowded field among Republicans and could give Democrats an opening to pick up the seat that Chambliss won from Vietnam veteran Max Cleland in 2002.

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