Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

California Republican Ed Royce not seeking re-election

California Republican Ed Royce not seeking re-election

Rep. Steve Stivers of OH, the chairman of the Republican campaign arm, predicted that a contentious Democratic primary would leave the eventual nominee "black and blue, and broke" and benefit the Republicans.

A handful of voters sued over the other disputed election, a 73-vote squeaker in a Fredericksburg-area district where 147 voters mistakenly received the wrong ballots. That race was already rated a toss-up by election analysts. Some corporate contributors become known because they voluntarily disclose their donations, but the chamber has become a discreet way for corporate America to try to influence elections without publicly picking a side that might alienate customers. "People will remember how we fought and what we said. "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".

The concession cleared the way for David Yancey to be formally seated later Wednesday, the first day of the legislative session.

Republicans are facing a hard political climate.

With the election of President Donald Trump, the political landscape changed dramatically over the a year ago. He won the deadlocked Newport News race last week when election officials drew his name from a bowl. Issa's announcement followed that of Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who said Tuesday that he would not seek a 14th term. "Democrats have been over-performing in special elections by about nine points over where a Democrat should be in a normal year". The Daily Kos reported that his district voted for presidential candidate Mitt Romney over Barack Obama 51-47, but backed Clinton 52-43 in 2016.

Republican state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of Oceanside, a retired Marine officer, announced he'll seek Issa's seat.

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California Republican Ed Royce not seeking re-election

That changed on Wednesday morning, January 10, when a statement was released by Issa's office in Washington, D.C. declaring he would retire at the end of his term this year. The others are Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Dave Reichert of Washington, along with Issa.

"But keep in mind, the filing deadlines have not passed in those states", Wasserman said. Royce is also from California.

The Democratic wave is coming, and Republicans don't look very confident that they'll be able to stop it.

Still, Democrats are highly motivated.

Democrats needed to win both of the disputed seats to obtain a majority, but winning one of the two disputed seats would have forced a power-sharing arrangement because of the 50-50 split that a win in one seat would have created.

In a statement, Issa said, "Two decades ago, when I stepped away from the business I'd built to enter public service, I never could have imagined that a long-shot bid for U.S. Senate would lead to 18 years in the House of Representatives and endless opportunities to make a meaningful impact".

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