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GOP Retirements Putting House Majority in Peril

GOP Retirements Putting House Majority in Peril
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (AP)

By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 09:37 AM

A wave of Republican retirements could hand Democrats key victories in the midterm elections, possibly giving them a way back into the majority, The Hill reports.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., joined Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., this week in announcing his intent to retire. This means that 29 Republicans will not seek re-election in the House next year, 15 due to retirement, compared to 11 Democrats.

"Anybody who has a pair of eyes and ears knows that the House is in play and at risk," Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., told The Hill. "And I'm sure that fact enters into the calculation of many members who are contemplating their futures. Do you really want to go through another year like the last one?"

"If you look across the board it's a variety of reasons and most of the retirements are in very red districts that we'll keep," an anonymous House GOP strategist told The Hill.

"Each member that retires does so with their own reasons….Dent mentioned he wasn't happy, but other than that, it hasn't been a lot of folks leaving because of their electoral prospects, it's been normal attrition. You go into any cycle prepared for retirements."

The GOP also predicts more retirement announcements are to come. Several chairs of House committees are term limited, and will likely step down soon. This includes Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, and Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif.

"It's a lot of good talent that we're going to lose. It's tough," Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told The Hill, joking that he "told [retiring colleagues] to stop talking to one another because somebody else might want to join them. The sad thing is they start smiling more and more after they make the announcement."

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A wave of Republican retirements could hand Democrats key victories in the midterm elections, possibly giving them a way back into the majority, The Hill reports.
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