California Rep. Darrell Issa not seeking re-election in 2018

13 January, 2018, 02:16 | Author: Diane Mills
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Royce won reelection by 14 points even though Clinton carried his district by almost 9 points, compared to Issa's razor-thin margin.

Royce's endorsement could help Republicans coalesce support behind a single candidate, a crucial step if they stand a chance of retaining Royce's seat in the midterms.

The retirement of Royce, who represents a Southern California suburban district that Hillary Clinton won by 9 percentage points in 2016, presents Democrats with just the kind of opportunity they had been hoping to seize.

Issa's retirement is a major blow to House Republicans in a district that analysts had considered a toss-up. He once served as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and led investigations of the IRS and its treatment of conservative groups and Benghazi. Democrat Douglas Applegate, who lost to Issa by only a little more than 1,000 votes in 2016, is running again. But Issa faced his stiffest competition previous year, narrowly defeating challenger Doug Applegate, a Democrat based out of San Clemente.

Darrell Issa announced his retirement from Congress, the latest senior Republican to walk away from Washington amid mounting fears that a Democratic wave - fueled by President Donald Trump's bad approval ratings - is headed toward Washington this fall.

Royce says he plans to stay in California after he retires."Orange County will always be home to Marie and me, and we look forward to being with all our friends at Lunar New Years, Korean American Days, Fourth of Julys, and many other community events for years to come". Just like a growing batch of Republicans.

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Numerous retiring Republicans are in reliably red districts. Chavez a year ago worked with Democrats on climate change legislation, irking the party's base, and has pushed back against Republicans looking to take a hard line on immigration.

The National Republican Congressional Committee expressed optimism that the seat will remain red. GOP officials said the party has solid recruits in both races.

Simonds initially appeared to lose November's election by 10 votes, then appeared to win a recount by one vote. Some corporate contributors become known because they voluntarily disclose their donations, but the chamber has become a discreet way for corporate America to try to influence elections without publicly picking a side that might alienate customers. The state allows the top two vote-getters - regardless of party affiliation - to advance to the general election. The district also houses Camp Pendleton.

Royce and Issa represent prime examples of Republican incumbents in the line of fire.

But Democrats were gleeful over the retirements and what it could mean in reaching the 24 GOP-held seats they need to win in order to take control of the House. Associated Press Writer Jonathan J. Cooper in Sacramento contributed.



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