House Republicans Hitting Exits at Twice the Pace of Democrats

Don Lemon

Share this article: Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has announced that he won't run a campaign for re-election in November. The 39th District now is considered a toss up by the handicapper sites after Royce's retirement announcement.

Democrats need to gain 24 seats to control the House, and the president's party has lost an average of about 30 seats in midterm elections, with notable exceptions caused by extraordinary events.

The Los Angeles Times noted that he is the 35th House Republican to announce he would not seek re-election this year.

Issa chose to be in lockstep with the desires of the gun lobby over his community's safety, we called him out, and now he'll be gone from Congress.

Also, this moves me one spot closer to being the richest person in Congress (currently hovering around 425th).

"Secretary Clinton won this district by a huge margin in 2016, and the cohort of strong Democratic challengers, unprecedented grassroots activism, and historic investment by the DCCC in Southern California means we are in a strong position to elect a Democrat to the 49th District this fall".

In a statement, Issa said, "Two decades ago, when I stepped away from the business I'd built to enter public service, I never could have imagined that a long-shot bid for U.S. Senate would lead to 18 years in the House of Representatives and endless opportunities to make a meaningful impact". While Senate District 17 has one Democrat - Phyllis Hatcher - and three Republicans - Brian Strickland, Ed Toney and Nelva Lee - running for office.

"While Democrats fight with each other, Republicans will focus on fighting Democrats - and that's how we plan to win".

Royce said in a statement he wanted to focus his past year leading the foreign affairs panel "on the urgent threats facing our nation", which he listed as the North Korean and Iranian governments, Russian efforts to "weaponize information to fracture western democracies" and terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia.

If you're curious, there are four Republicans retiring before 2018 who aren't seeking a different office and who represent districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Applegate, who has already announced he is running for the same seat this year, tweeted Wednesday that a "blue wave" is coming to San Diego and Orange County. The 49th stretches down the west side of San Diego county, ending before La Jolla.

In addition to his work on FITARA, Issa also will be remembered for being the lead House sponsor of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act that requires agencies to report spending in machine-readable formats. Numerous open seats are in districts considered solidly Republican, vacated by lawmakers who might have easily secured re-election. About 37 percent of voters are registered Republicans, while another 31 percent are Democrats and 26.5 percent do not belong to a party.

The chamber will most likely spend more than the $29.1 million it expended on the 2016 election cycle, Donohue later told reporters. He's followed by Democratic candidate Mike Levin who had $530,000 on hand out of the $918,000 he brought in.

If Democrats were to win control of the House, Representative Eliot Engel, now foreign affairs ranking Democrat, is expected to take the gavel.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican, is retiring as well.

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