The unprecedented number of Republican retirements, which includes the sitting chairmen of eight different congressional committees, is a bad omen for the speaker, Paul Ryan, as he seeks to keep control of the lower chamber. On Monday, Ed Royce, the chairman of the House foreign relations committee, announced he too would retire.
In San Clemente, a hillside city overlooking the Pacific Ocean that was home to Richard Nixon's Western White House, voters greeted Issa's announcement with sadness or relief, reflecting the closely divided politics of the district.
And more are coming. The fifth, Martha McSally of Arizona, is seeking the state's open Senate seat in a competitive primary against Tea Partier Kelli Ward and controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the district by almost double-digits.
But losses are far more the rule.
"When initially discussing the idea of running for Congress with my wife, Erika, we weighed the options of whether to run in District 49, where our business is located and where most of our friends and business contacts live, or District 50 where we reside".
If Republicans maintain control of the House, Representative Michael McCaul, a foreign affairs committee member who is now chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is seen as a possible new leader of the foreign affairs panel, congressional aides said. "It is not missed by anyone that the president's numbers are lower than other first-year presidents". "Our district is blessed to be diverse, and I've been successful in part because of my great staff and the relationships we've built with families, businesses and leaders in each of our communities", he said.
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"There is a structure there that may withstand no matter what, but the atmospherics have a caution light", he said. In the presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated Republican Donald Trump, which led Democrats to latch on to Southern California with hopes that they could flip those districts, according to ABC news. Educated, affluent districts in the suburbs will be the battle zones of 2018.
U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, announced his retirement Wednesday morning, adding to a growing list of Republicans who plan to step down rather than face potential defeat in the 2018 midterm elections. Lewis said. "Or is that impossible to avoid right now?" Democrats struggled to recruit candidates, especially in districts that lean conservative.
The ASCE said the US now needs to spend more than $2 trillion to upgrade its infrastructure in the next decade.
Smith says he used a forecasting model based on changes in real gross national product in the first and second quarters of the election year, the president's approval rating in Gallup polls as of July of the election year, and whether it is a presidential or midterm year.
Rohrabacher also met a year ago with far-right French presidential candidate Marine LePen, whose candidacy was strongly pushed by Russian government-linked disinformation efforts, and with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. In the 25 races where the presidential preference in the district was for the party to which the retiree didn't belong (the representative was a Democrat but the district backed Romney, for example), 20 of the ensuing House races were won by the party whose presidential candidate also won the district.