The resignation last week of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) not only shocked the political world but, just one month removed from the 2012 election, formally kicked off chatter about the 2014 landscape.
That conversation begins with a look at who might follow DeMint out the door between now and the next election. To be clear, resignations are few and far between, but a look at the Senate class up in 2014 suggests we could well see a number of open seats — particularly on the Democratic side.
Below is the Fix’s first cut at potential retirements in both parties — a list compiled from conversations with Senate strategists, public statements from the senators and assessments of their political outlook in 2014.
To be clear: No one on this list has said he is planning to retire. Typically, the majority of those around whom retirement speculation swirls for extended periods of time do tend to bow out. But, every election features surprises — those who are expected to say sayonara stick around and one or two who didn’t seem to even be a remote retirement possibility decides to leave.