Some of those who have retired are longtime elected Democrats.
This wave of retirements is making the 2022 midterms look even worse for Democrats.
House Democrats are facing a growing wave of retirements as they close out 2021 and enter what’s expected to be a challenging midterm election year.
The string of retirement announcements in recent days cap off what’s already been a demoralizing end to Democrats’ first year in power of Washington since Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) declared he couldn’t support the party’s social spending and climate package.
More retirement announcements are likely in the coming days and weeks as lawmakers are home for the holidays with their families and decide they’d rather not have to keep making the regular trek to the House.
In the span of 24 hours earlier this week, three Democrats announced they wouldn’t run for reelection next year: Reps. Stephanie Murphy (Fla.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.) and Albio Sires (N.J.).
That followed Rep. Alan Lowenthal’s (D-Calif.) retirement announcement last week, as well as that of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) earlier this month…
A CNBC survey found that the Republicans had a 10-point advantage in Congressional preference over Democrats.
A new survey from CNBC found Republicans with a 10-point advantage in Congressional preference.
Which party would you prefer to control Congress:
44% – Republicans
34% – Democrats
This is the first time in at least 20 years Republicans have held a lead this big.
The largest previous lead was 4 points.