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Darrell Issa of California announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, the latest sign that Republicans could face another grim year at the ballot box in the nation's most populous state. Democrats need to score a net gain of 24 seats in November to take control of the House.
There are just 14 Republicans representing California from the state's 53 Congressional districts.
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. "We have seven open Republican seats rated as either 'toss up" or 'leaning Democratic.' Most, if not all, of those seats would be in a better category for Republicans if the incumbent was running".
At a rally in June in San Juan Capistrano, one of many GOP politicians hosted in 2017, Rep. Darrell Issa, CA-49, did not hesitate to say he would run again for the Congressional seat he's held since 2001. Eight committee chairmen are retiring as they hit the GOP term limit of serving three consecutive two-year terms as committee chairs.
Royce, who has held his seat since 1993 and is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was term limited in his leadership of the panel.
Shawn Steel believes Royce would have had no problem getting re- elected given that he was re-elected 57-42 in 2016 when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won Orange County for her party for the first time since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Another Republican source identified California state assemblyman Rocky Chavez and former assemblyman Scott Baugh as other potential candidates.
Republicans in recent days, and Trump, have been talking up the idea of bipartisanship in 2018, in part to try to make the case to suburban voters that they can be accommodating. In 2016, Clinton became the first Democrat to win there since Franklin Roosevelt in 1936.
The Quinnipiac poll of 1,106 voters was conducted between January 5 and January 9 and has a 3.6 percentage point margin of error. "They're a lot more uncomfortable with Trump's behavior than they are with his policy agenda", Schnur explained, adding that immigration looms as "the biggest challenge for Republican incumbents".
2018 was already shaping up to be a tough year for Republicans, as the party in power has historically suffered losses in midterm elections.
Democrats had made defeating Issa one of their top priorities in the midterm elections.
"If we're only sending ideological purists and strict partisans to Washington, we're stopping progress before it even starts", Thomas Donohue, the chamber's president, said in his annual address on American business in Washington. "And it will guide my work in Congress, where I'll work for solutions that benefit us all as Americans - a strong economy, a strong military, rebuilding our infrastructure and protecting public safety and national security".
The House is now made up of 239 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with three vacancies, according to the Office of the Clerk.