Will GOP House retirements threaten their majority?

Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced he would not seek re-election at the end of this term. Goodlatte was first elected in 1992 and was Judiciary Committee chairman since 2013.  Republicans instituted term limits for all committee chairmen, and Goodlatte was due to be replaced in 2019.  He becomes the third GOP committee chair to decline to run for re-election, following the retirement announcements by Rep. Ted Poe and Rep. Frank LoBiondo. As it stands now, 29 GOP House members have announced they won't run again – 15 retirements and 14 seeking higher office.  Only 11 Democrats have announced they will forgo another race. Will all of these vacancies lead to a Democratic takeover? The Hill: "Anybody who has a pair of eyes and ears knows that the House is in play and at risk," Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who heads a moderate GOP caucus and is not seeking reelection next year,...(Read Full Post)

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