The number of House Dems not seeking reelection continues to rise

More House Democrats are running for the hills ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

The Washington Times reports that three more House Democrats have announced that they will not pursue reelection in 2022, bringing the total number of House Democrat retirements up to 23. 

The latest

The three House Democrats who most recently have decided not to seek reelection in 2022 are Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Albio Sires (D-NJ).

“I’ve decided not to seek another term in Congress,” Murphy said. “Serving Central Florida has been the honor of my life, but it’s also been incredibly challenging for my family and me. This was not an easy decision, but it is the right decision. Thank you for everything.”

Roybal-Allard and Sires have yet to make their official announcements.

Republicans, including Congressional Leadership Fund Communications Director Calvin Moore, celebrated the news.

“House Democrats are running for the exits so fast they might set a new land speed record,” Moore said. “But who can blame them? With crises on every front, Democrats see the writing on the wall and know their days in the majority are soon coming to an end.”

Background

During the midterm elections of 2022, the Democrats will try to hold on to the slim majority that they currently have in the House. Republicans only need five seats to reclaim that majority, and it is widely expected that they will.

It is well-known that the party opposite to the president’s tends to pick up a large number of House seats in the midterm election of his presidency. The most recent example of this came during the presidency of Donald Trump in 2018.

Republicans are also expected to come out on top of the congressional redistricting process, which follows the recently released census. These two signs already suggest that the House will go back to the Republicans.

But, if there is any doubt about this left, it is being rapidly dispelled by the 23 House Democrat retirements that we have now seen, compared to only 13 House Republicans. As Fox News puts it, “House retirements are often seen as an early barometer of things to come in the midterms.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) days as House Speaker, now, really do appear to be numbered.

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