Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection this year, increasing Democrats' chances of flipping his swing district in their favor. Issa barely won reelection in 2016 by just over half a percentage point in a San Diego-area district that went for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by about 7 points. The former House Oversight Committee chairman faced a tough path to reelection in an increasingly Democratic district. The lack of a 17-year incumbent will now make it easier for Democrats to win the district as they seek to win back the House this year. Issa's retirement offers yet another boon to House Democrats in California over the last three days. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who also represents a district won by Clinton, announced on Monday that he won't seek reelection this year either.
"California Republicans clearly see the writing on the wall and realize that their party and its priorities are toxic to their re-election chances in 2018," said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Drew Godinich.
Democrats need to flip 24 seats to win back the House majority.
Issa's retirement is another data point in the signs of a possible Democratic wave in this year's midterm elections.
His departure means that House Republicans will have to defend at least 31 open seats this year due to retirements, resignations and lawmakers seeking other office. By contrast, House Democrats will only have 15 open seats so far.
"His departure means that House Republicans will have to defend at least 31 open seats this year due to retirements, resignations and lawmakers seeking other office. "
The GOP got their big tax cut bill passed, so they are all happy. File this under: Take the money and run.
I think that is correct, and since it is a mid-term with a deeply unpopular President the likelihood of the GOP holding the House is less than zero.
Another one bites the Dust!
And another one gone and another one gone..
And another one bites the Dust!
Hey Trump! We gonna get YOU too!
Another one bites the Dust!
Glad to see him go!
I will never understand the strategy of republicans. They were so willing to cater to the far right which jeopardized the electability of all others when all they had to do was moderate some of their policies and they could have still maintained control over the HOR. As it stands, it looks like the dems will win back the HOR and the majority of republicans that will be left will be the rabid dogs on the right.
I'm sure the tax bill forcing Californians to pay more so Red States and Wall Street can have a tax rate was definitely going to boost his chances of winning...
Can't help it but I celebrate his exit from Congress. I hated that guy. Despicable.
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I didn't have an opinion of the guy until he was put in charge of a couple of investigations of the Obama administration.
It was very clear that he had little interest in getting to the actual truth. For him, it was all partisanship - how can he exploit and abuse his investigative powers for partisan gain.
Like you, I am celebrating his exit from Congress.
He ran witch hunt after witch hunt during the Obama years. Good riddance to a scumbag political hack...
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