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Senate stalwart Carl Levin will not seek re-election

US Senator Carl Levin, a six-term Democrat and staunch advocate for military personnel and readiness, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2014. The chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee said he would rather spend his final two years as a lawmaker focusing on key issues like tax reform and campaign finance while unencumbered by "the distraction of campaigning for re-election."

UPDATE 2-Democratic U.S. Senator Levin won't seek re-election in 2014

* Becomes sixth senator to announce retirement plans * Democrats expected to retain his seat * Was among most liberal senators By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, a leading voice on national security who opposed the Iraq War and has fought corporate abuse during more than three decades in the chamber, said on Thursday he would not seek re-election next year.
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