Wash­ing­ton, Michi­gan, and Penn­syl­va­nia

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

GOP re­tire­ments: Three moder­ate House Repub­li­cans in com­pet­i­tive dis­tricts have an­nounced that they will not be seek­ing re-elec­tion next year—rais­ing fears among GOP law­mak­ers that Democrats will take those seats in the 2018 midterms and pos­si­bly wrest back con­trol of the House. Char­lie Dent (R-Pa.) started the mini ex­o­dus last week af­ter an­nounc­ing he wouldn’t seek an eighth term be­cause he was tired of the “dys­func­tion, dis­or­der, and chaos” on Capi­tol Hill. Dent’s district was won by for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in 2008. Within days, he was joined by fel­low cen­trists Rep. Dave Re­ichert (R-Wash.) and Rep. Dave Trott (R-Mich.). A to­tal of seven House Repub­li­cans have now de­cided to re­tire, and Repub­li­cans fear that this lat­est rash could prompt more. “If this is the tip of the ice­berg,” said po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Ge­of­frey Skel­ley, “that will be very bad for the GOP.”

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