Democrats Terrified As Key Party Members Retire Suddenly

Democrats Terrified As Key Party Members Retire Suddenly

( – After losing 13 seats in the House during the 2020 election, Democrats are fumbling to cling to their majority as they look forward to the 2022 midterms. To add to their fears, a few long-time House Representatives announced they will not run for re-election. This will likely make it easier for Republicans to take their seats.

On Tuesday, August 10, Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) announced he will not seek re-election. This came after an April announcement from Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) where the lawmaker acknowledged her plans to retire. These two Democrats currently serve in districts that voted for Trump in 2020, meaning Republican candidates have a good chance of filling the void they leave behind.

Miles Coleman, an associate editor with Sabato’s Crystal Ball, shared how the two previously blue states have been trending red since the lawmakers first took office:

Some key representatives like Cindy Axne (D-IA) have not said whether or not she will run again, while others, like Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Charlie Crist (D-FL) will be running for governor of their states rather than for re-election in Congress. With so many Democratic incumbents stepping down, the GOP is more ready than ever to take back the House in 2022.

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