Senator Evan Bayh says he won't seek 3rd term

Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind. asks a question of President Barack Obama during the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Issues Conference, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at the Newseum in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

February 15, 2010 11:18:44 AM PST
Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh says he will not run for a third term in Congress. Bayh said at a news conference in Indianapolis on Monday that he believed he would have been re-elected despite "the current challenging environment" in Congress.

He attributed his decision to the bitter partisan divides that have dominated Congress in recent years, though he praised his colleagues as hard workers devoted to public service.

Bayh says it is time for him to "contribute to society in another way," either by creating jobs with a business, leading a college or university, or running a charity.

His decision leaves Democrats at risk of losing the Senate seat in the November election after Bayh had raised $13 million for his campaign.