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VIDEO - The surprise retirement by Rep. Bill Owens
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The political world was startled Tuesday when North Country Congressman Bill Owens announced he would not seek a fourth term in Washington and world retire at the end of 2014. When the Plattsburgh resident won a Special Election in '09, he became the first Democrat to represent the area since The Civil War.

What does this decision mean politically for the North Country?  Who are the leading candidates on both sides of the aisle?  We analyze with veteran reporter Brian Mann from North Country Public Radio