MASS EXODUS: Here’s the long list of Republicans who are not running for reelection in the House and Senate!

You’ve probably already heard that Darrell Issa is retiring this year and subsequently not running for his seat this year. That brings the total number of Republicans to 31 whose seats will be up for grabs.

Here’s the long list of most of the Republicans who are retiring or running for higher office:

HOUSE:

  1. Darrell Issa, R-Calif
  2. Joe Barton, R-Texas
  3. Jason Chaffetz R-Utah
  4. Charlie Dent R-Pennsylvania
  5. Jimmy Duncan Jr., R-Tennessee
  6. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas
  7. Trent Franks, R-Arizona
  8. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virgina
  9. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas
  10. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas
  11. Sam Johnson, R-Texas
  12. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho
  13. Frank LoBiondo, R-New Jersey
  14. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania
  15. Kristi Noem, R-South Dakota
  16. Steve Pearce, R-New Mexico
  17. Ted Poe, R-Texas
  18. Dave Reichert, R-Washington State
  19. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida
  20. Ed Royce, R-California
  21. Bill Shuster, R-Pennsylvania
  22. Lamar Smith, R-Texas
  23. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio
  24. Dave Trott, R-Mich

SENATE:

  1. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee
  2. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona
  3. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah

This is the only list I’ve found, so I’m not exactly sure who are the remaining four Republicans. The seat for Jeff Sessions has officially gone to a Democrat, so they may be counting that as one of the remaining four.

Out of the touted number of 31, NPR says that 19 are retiring outright and another 12 who are running for higher office. Here’s the potential bad news from NPR:

The last time a party had nearly that many members retire during a midterm year was in 1994, when 28 Democrats left and the GOP subsequently took back control of Congress in the Republican Revolution. Now, it’s Republicans who find themselves in the opposite and unenviable position. Just one year into his term, President Trump has record low approval ratings, congressional Republicans have had few legislative achievements save for the tax overhaul they passed last month, and Democrats seem more fired up than ever to issue a rebuke to the GOP at the ballot box this year.

It sounds like the Republicans in Congress have their work cut out for them if they wants to keep the majority next year. In a gesture of goodwill, they could start by keeping their promise and repealing Obamacare.

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