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Rep. Darrell Issa surprises with plans to not seek re-election

Rep. Darrell Issa surprises with plans to not seek re-election

In 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the district by almost double-digits.

"I want to devote every bit of time and energy to foreign affairs", said Royce, a longtime Fullerton resident who recently moved to Yorba Linda. In 1934, Democrats picked up seats as Franklin Delano Roosevelt dealt with the Great Depression and, in 2002, Republicans made gains as President George W. Bush rallied the country after the September 11 terrorist attacks. He cited family reasons as the driving factor for his decision, but he said that political reality was hard to ignore.

The GOP's troubles in California reflect the party's broader challenges in holding control of the House, as Republican retirements pile up.

And the GOP's efforts to hold on to the House have been complicated by a string of retirements.

Congress would need to find a way to fund an expensive infrastructure package and the cost could cause both Democrats and Republicans to oppose the legislation. Don't let them tell you otherwise. The Los Angeles Times noted that he is the 35th House Republican to announce he would not seek re-election this year. Five sitting chairmen who have exhausted their tenure, including Royce, are foregoing reelection. Darrell Issa of California announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election this year, increasing Democrats' chances of flipping his swing district in November.

Indeed, not all of the retirements present clear pickup opportunities for Democrats. Democrats have led Republicans by more than 10 points in an average of recent ballots that ask voters to choose between a generic member of both parties in 2018, . Applegate had $263,000 of the $545,000 he took in while Democratic challenger Paul Kerr had $229,000 left from the $504,000 he raised.

The good news for Democrats is that several of the Republicans retiring from the most competitive districts were strong incumbents.

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Issa said "there are plenty of people that fit the district just fine" and predicted reporters would be covering just as many Republicans entering the race as Democrats already competing in the primary. A federal judge invalidated North Carolina's GOP-drawn map this week, and cases are pending over lines Republican legislatures drew in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (Due to a loss of population, the state lost one seat, giving it 18.) After the current House map was adopted in 2011, Republicans took 13 of the state's 18 seats though they won 49 percent of the vote. But the decision of Sens.

On the Senate side, Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are retiring.

Perhaps best known as a leading conservative critic of President Obama and Hillary Clinton, Issa led the "Fast and Furious" investigation while head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Issa had the closest race of any member of Congress in 2016.

Just last month, Issa was one of only a few Republicans who voted against the party's tax plan, doing so, he said, out of concern that the bill's changes to popular individual tax deductions would hurt his district. Gray Davis. He declined to elaborate in a brief interview Wednesday.

But Issa had a knack for scandal long before he ran for Congress.