Another GOP Senator To Retire?

Kit Bond announced this week that he would not be running for re-election in 2010, but now there are hints that George Voinovich may also be following suit:

U.S. Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio is leaving open the possibility of not running for re-election in 2010.

Voinovich, 72, is thinking about the challenging economic situation in Ohio, the direction of the country, and the best interests of his family, said spokesman Chris Paulitz.

The senator would let the people of Ohio know quickly if he decides not to seek a third term, Paulitz said.

The Columbus Dispatch, citing sources, reported Friday that Voinovich had shuffled his fundraising team and told his staff he might not run again.

Considering the Democratic trends in Ohio over the past couple of cycles, this could become a good pickup for Democrats in 2010. Incidentally 2010 was supposed to be a defensive year for Democrats, but the way Republicans are quitting, it is becoming much more offensive.