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Democrats face growing list of swing-district retirements, dimming midterm prospects

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Democrats face growing list of swing-district retirements, dimming midterm prospects

By Michael Scherer
May 2, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

A growing list of House Democrats from competitive districts are headed for the exits, adding yet another concern for a party facing an uphill fight to maintain control of Congress next year. ... The latest to announce her departure is Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), the former head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who proclaimed her coming retirement Friday after narrowly winning reelection in a rural district along the Mississippi River that supported Donald Trump.

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), who has been exploring another possible gubernatorial run, put out word Saturday that he would be making a “major announcement” this week, potentially putting at risk his St. Petersburg seat, where he ran ahead of President Biden in 2020.

Two other accomplished battleground incumbents — Reps. Filemon Vela Jr. (D-Texas) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) — announced their plans to leave earlier this year, joining Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who is giving up a closely-contested seat to run for the U.S. Senate. Several more in competitive areas, including Democratic stars like Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) are also seriously considering runs for higher office later this year.

The exodus comes as the party struggles to maintain or extend the narrowest congressional majority in decades — currently six seats, which will grow to seven in coming days as a newly-elected Democrat, Troy Carter from Louisiana, is sworn in. ... Democrats have little margin for error to keep control, even as they simultaneously will be working against a redistricting cycle that is likely to favor Republican officeholders.

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Michael Scherer is a national political reporter at The Washington Post. He was previously the Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, where he also served as the White House correspondent. Before joining Time, he was the Washington correspondent for Salon.com.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 08:13 AM

1. We definitely have our work cut out for us.

I'm optimistic that the successes of Biden's term will continue to grow and carry us over, but also nervous about the huge chunk of the electorate that seems utterly unreachable by objective reality.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 08:31 AM

2. We lose the House...

and there will be nothing but TREASONOUS PIGS like Nunez and "Gym" Jordan holding never ending so-called "investigations" of the Biden Administration for FUCKING NOTHING.

And those IMBECILIC ASSHOLE IDIOTS like Emp Tee Space laser and the fucking moron high school drop out from Colorado cackling beyond belief at those hearings.

Thank Koresh I can retire and get the fuck out of the US.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 09:33 AM

3. i'm not sure the second clause follows the first.

it could, but i dont see any reason to think that dems wont be succeeded by dems w a prez w 60% popularity.

but sure, horse races are fun.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 09:35 AM

4. Yeah and if a shitload of Democrats didn't run for the Texas seat there might

have been one on the ballot.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #4)

Sun May 2, 2021, 10:05 AM

6. Sounds like

folks just don't understand politics. We see it all the time.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 10:03 AM

5. My biggest fear

is that the Dems lose control of the House and the Biden/Harris agenda is sorely limited. This is what happened in 2010 when the repubs took over the House and it hurt the Obama/Biden agenda. So our focus has to be on winning & keeping seats in the elections of 2022.

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Sun May 2, 2021, 10:31 AM

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