Just imagine Roger, WI may have 2 republican senators come 2012!
BREAKING: Sen. Herb Kohl to retire
By: CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh
Washington (CNN)–Three Democratic sources confirm to CNN that Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl will retire after serving four terms in the Senate.
A Democratic source tells CNN, "The DSCC [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] has made sure that all these decisions were made and announced very early in the cycle. Democrats are confident that we can keep the seat."
Democrats currently hold a 53-47 advantage in the Senate, with 21 Democrats and to independents who caucus with the Dems. But the recent Democratic track record in Wisconsin isn't good.
During the 2010 midterm elections Republicans won two Democratic-held seats in Wisconsin as well as the governorship. Then-incumbent Sen. Russ Feingold was also unseated after serving three terms in the Senate.
Thirty-three Senate seats are up for re-election in 2012. Democrats must defend 23 of them.
Kohl currently serves on three key Senate committees including Senate Appropriations; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement following news of Kohl's impending departure saying, "Senator Kohl's retirement, just like his Democrat colleagues who stepped aside before him, immediately presents another key opportunity for Senate Republicans next year. It also further dilutes the ability of national Democrats to go on offense, while they fight to maintain their dwindling Senate majority."