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Tue Jul 30, 2019, 12:54 PM

The House Is Already Losing at Least 11 Republicans--And That Number Could Rise

There are now a total of eight Republicans who are retiring in 2020, including Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana and Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia. Rep. Tom Marino also resigned from his post in January—just two weeks after being sworn in. (He was replaced by another Republican in a special election, Rep. Fred Keller.)

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While in some cases the seats of the departing members are solidly Republican, others could potentially sway Democrat—which doesn’t bode well for the already underrepresented Grand Old Party in the House. What’s more, just three Democrats have announced their retirement from the House thus far: Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Dave Loebsack, and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

The departure of Roby and Brooks is also particularly concerning for the Republican Party, as the number of Republican women serving in the House will drop to just 11—compared to 89 female Democrats.

The announcements, while early, are by no means uncommon. People decide not to seek re-election every cycle—the main difference is that Republicans appear to be doing so in greater numbers than Democrats in the House in recent years. Thirty-four Republicans—compared to 18 Democrats—chose not to run again for their House seats in 2018, contributing to the majority changing hands from the former to the latter. 20 Republicans did not seek re-election in 2016, compared to eight Democrats. That figure reached 25 for Republicans in 2014 and 16 for Democrats.


https://fortune.com/2019/07/30/house-republican-departures-retirements

It seems we Dems are in good shape to keep the House -- but that does not mean we sit back and do nothing to make sure. What I find of great interest is how few Republican House members are female compared to the Democrats.

I am hopeful about the Senate -- but have my doubts as to the Dems taking it. I am working my azz off to get a Dem in the WH. I would not like the Repubies having the Senate, but could live with it we we keep the House and take the WH.

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Reply The House Is Already Losing at Least 11 Republicans--And That Number Could Rise (Original post)
TruckFump Jul 2019 OP
hlthe2b Jul 2019 #1
smirkymonkey Jul 2019 #2
NewJeffCT Jul 2019 #3
TruckFump Jul 2019 #4
NewJeffCT Jul 2019 #7
gratuitous Jul 2019 #5
TruckFump Jul 2019 #6
gratuitous Jul 2019 #11
Laura PourMeADrink Jul 2019 #8
BigmanPigman Jul 2019 #9
TruckFump Jul 2019 #10
czarjak Jul 2019 #15
progressoid Jul 2019 #12
awesomerwb1 Jul 2019 #13
TruckFump Jul 2019 #14
blogslut Jul 2019 #16

Response to TruckFump (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 12:56 PM

1. Good... Let's clear the House of these "demoralized" Republicans

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Response to TruckFump (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 12:56 PM

2. K&R

 

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Response to TruckFump (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 12:59 PM

3. Need to get some solid candidates to run against the Republicans

while the districts may be RED, making the Republicans work to hold the seat means fewer resources elsewhere.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 01:02 PM

4. Good point.

I know little about the Red districts that are losing their current reps. Being is SoCal in a solid Dem area -- Reps in this area are Waters and Lieu -- I am hoping that those on the DU who are in or near these districts will alert us to do what we can to help and to donate if possible.

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 01:08 PM

7. and, we still have Duncan Hunter and the dude from NY

that are both under indictment.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 01:04 PM

5. Yep

Also, with a credible candidate to run against a non-incumbent, there's the possibility of picking up an allegedly safe Republican seat. District demographics change from election to election, and I'd be willing to bet that some lukewarm Republican voters may have cooled a bit since the beginning of the year as they observe Republican fecklessness and inability to govern.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 01:07 PM

6. IMO, the racist rants w/o Repuke admonition is not helping Trump

in any district. Not only the demographic changes, but the ugliness which stay with Trump like stink on shit.

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 01:45 PM

11. I agree

It's a bit confounding to me that the media aren't doing a better job of checking into voters who are turned off by Trump's racist rantings. They're certainly getting the opinions of people who are proudly waving their racist flags, assuring them that they aren't alone in their bigotry. But finding voters who have soured on Trump because of his outspoken prejudice doesn't seem to be a priority for the bulldogs of the Fourth Estate.

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Response to TruckFump (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 01:11 PM

8. So potentially some new Dems? Why then are we worried

About losing House?

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Response to TruckFump (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 01:27 PM

9. Now they can all go and write books like Ryan did

about how they tried to keep the fake prez from harming our country and should be considered heroes by all.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 01:32 PM

10. Good point.

Looks like the receding bunch o' Repukes did not have the balls or ovaries to do anything while in office, but suddenly found their vocal cords (and books for profit) after leaving office. Gag me...

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #10)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 11:52 PM

15. That's where the big bucks are.

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Response to TruckFump (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 01:51 PM

12. Gonna need some Senators too!

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Response to TruckFump (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 03:04 PM

13. Wish we could get some

"decent" republicans to run in those districts that are too red for -any- Dem.

Otherwise we'll get trumpers which could be more racist and more anti-immigrant than the ones retiring.

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Response to awesomerwb1 (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 03:54 PM

14. Some districts are scary.

They are so solid Trump that I am afraid to go near them.

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