Democrats Reportedly on Edge After Retirement Announcements

Democrats Reportedly on Edge After Retirement Announcements

( – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her fellow House Democrats hold an incredibly slim margin after losing 13 seats to Republicans in the 2020 election. History is already stacked against them retaining control in the upcoming midterm elections. However, the latest news from long-standing members in key competitive districts is shaking up the party leadership.

Two House Democrats holding seats in districts former President Donald Trump won recently announced they wouldn’t seek reelection. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) announced his retirement earlier this month, and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced hers in April.

Additionally, battleground state incumbent Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Filemon Vela Jr. (D-TX) announced their plans to leave the House earlier this year. Finally, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) announced he’s leaving the House to run for the US Senate in 2022 after receiving encouragement from Hillary Clinton and an important Ohio labor union.

A Democratic strategist told The Hill that conventional wisdom says it will be more difficult for Democrats to control key districts without having incumbents on the ticket. “I can’t imagine this is how [Democrats] wanted the midterms to go down,” he explained.

Are Democrats facing the loss of their upper hand in next year’s elections? Only time will tell.

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