South Carolina Republican Jeff Duncan announces retirement

 January 18, 2024

South Carolina Republican Jeff Duncan announced that he is retiring from Congress at the end of this year. 

The 58-year-old joins a growing number of lawmakers from both parties who are heading for the exits. He did not say what his next plans are.

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Duncan's decision won't threaten the GOP's narrow control of the House, because his district, South Carolina's 3rd, leans heavily Republican.

“We are grateful for Congressman Jeff Duncan’s years of service to South Carolina and to the American people,” Delanie Bomar, spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement. “Republicans will hold this seat in 2024."

Duncan has been in Congress since the Tea Party wave in 2010. He did not go into detail on his reasons for leaving, but he said it was time for people with "fresh ideas" to take over.

"At some point in a career, one needs to step aside and allow others to bring fresh ideas and abilities into the fight for Liberty, just as I have," he said in a statement.

"Representing the 3rd District of South Carolina in this capacity has been a privilege and honor. Now, it is time for another man or woman to serve our District in the next Congress."

Duncan made headlines in 2021 for wearing a "Let's Go Brandon" mask on the House floor.

Race for 2024

Currently, the makeup of retirements is expected to favor Republicans in the race for the House this November.

While the GOP's narrow House majority has gotten smaller, most of the Republicans retiring are in safe red seats.

On the other hand, Democrats are leaving a number of competitive seats open in states like Michigan, Virginia, and California, where Democratic incumbents have left to seek higher office.

Abigail Spanberger is leaving to run for governor of Virginia, while Elissa Slotkin and Katie Porter are seeking seats in the U.S. Senate. in Michigan and California, respectively.

Democrats have a major pickup opportunity in New York, after Republicans expelled George Santos, opening up a major battleground in his suburban swing district on Long Island.

Democrats have nominated Santos' predecessor, Tom Suozzi, to take the seat back. The special election for New York's 3rd district falls on February 13.

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