More Democrats to Retire as GOP Fights for Congress

More Democrats to Retire as GOP Fights for Congress

( – Democrats hold their slimmest majority in the House of Representatives since the 1940s, paving the way for a possible Republican takeover of the chamber in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. Making matters worse for them, several incumbent Democrats have recently announced their decision not to seek reelection.

On Monday, October 18, Democratic Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and David Price (D-NC) announced their decisions not to run in 2022. These announcements came days after the news that Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said he would retire when his term expires next year.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) recently weighed in on the midterms with Fox News. He predicted several other Democrats would announce their retirement from the House soon.

As McCarthy explained, lawmakers on the fence about leaving Washington typically engage in soul-searching during the holiday season. Then, they have an opportunity to talk to family and friends and go ahead and decide it’s time to leave federal office.

If the current numbers hold, Republicans only need to pick up five seats in the House to retake control of the chamber. So far, seven Democrats have announced their retirement, and five others have decided to seek statewide office or other elective positions.

If history plays out, Republicans already have an advantage going into the midterms with a Democrat occupying the Oval Office. A mass migration of Democratic incumbents could effectively seal their fate.

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