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Royce says he will not seek re-election to Congress

Royce says he will not seek re-election to Congress

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. The legislation caps state and local property tax deductions at $10,000.

Without Issa on the ballot, Democrats boasted Wednesday that they were well positioned to turn the seat blue. The district, which includes coastal parts of Orange and San Diego Counties, backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016 by almost 8 percentage points, with Issa narrowly holding onto his seat.

Royce, who has represented his Orange County congressional district since 1993, is serving his past year as head of the influential committee under the term limits for chairmanships adopted by the House Republican caucus.

Issa, the former chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, is the most recent Republican lawmaker deciding to retire instead of facing a challenging re-election fight this fall.

Nervous enough to send out blatantly racist flyers encouraging people to vote against the two Democratic candidates for the District 111 House seat.

Democratic activist billionaire Tom Steyer this week pledged to put up $30 million to help defeat Republicans in the midterms. Just like a growing batch of Republicans. Republicans have pressed Democrats to abandon any challenges to the Yancey and Thomas wins.

On the Senate side, Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are retiring.

"California Republicans clearly see the writing on the wall and realize that their party and its priorities are toxic to their re-election chances in 2018", Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Drew Godinich said.

State Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel said his wife, Michelle Steel, had been taking a steady stream of calls from officials in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., on a possible bid herself. After winning reelection by less than 2,000 votes in 2016, a number of political handicappers considered him one of the most vulnerable House incumbents in the country. They're also holding out hope that so many Democrats are running in each race that it will divide the party's voters and enhance the GOP's prospects. "Then we just have to win the general election".

They have also pushed for language that says Cox would make the appointments "in consultation" with Democrats, suggesting that the Democratic leader might propose Democrats for certain committee slots.

Although he's leaving Congress at the end of the year, constituents of the 49th congressional district may not have seen the last of Issa, as he foreshadowed at the end of his Wednesday statement.

The GOP will retain 51-49 control of the House of Delegates but that's still a grim result compared to the 63-34 advantage they had before last year's election.

Freking reported from Washington.


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