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GOP officials say Idaho Senator Larry Craig to announce his resignation

Under intense pressure from fellowRepublicans, Larry Craig's U.S. Senate career is about to end.

GOP officials tell The Associated Press that the senator from
Idaho will be announcing his resignation this morning at a news
conference in Boise. It will take effect at the end of the month.

The announcement comes amid a furor over Craig's arrest in June
in a sex sting at an airport mens' room in Minneapolis. The story
didn't break until this week. Craig himself tried to minimize it,
telling reporters he had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of
misdemeanor to try to make the story go away. The three-term
Republican senator maintained that the only thing he did wrong was
make the plea without consulting a lawyer.

Craig quickly found almost no support among Republicans in his
home state and none in Washington, where keeping the seat in GOP hands next year is seen as crucial to the party.


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