Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka will not seek re-election in 2012, the fifth Democratic or Democratic aligned incumbent to bow out already this election cycle.
“After months of thinking about my political future, I am announcing today that I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012,” Akaka said in a statement. “As many of you can imagine, it was a very difficult decision for me. However, I feel that the end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside.”
Akaka, who is 86 years old, had been regarded by both parties as a potential retiree and his meager fundraising — he collected less than $2,000 in the final three months of 2010 — only added to that sense.