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12 January 2018, 09:42 | Opal Carroll
Ed Royce won't seek re-election
Roll Call also reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to target Republican-held districts in Southern California.
Rep. Darrell Issa'sannouncement Wednesday morning that he would not seek re-election created a void in the coastal California district as Democrats saw the dynamic of their campaigns change in an instant and Republicans saw an opportunity to win a seat where voter registration leans in their favor.
"Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve", Issa said Wednesday.
"With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek re-election in November".
"Representing you has been the privilege of a lifetime", Issa said in his press release.
So far, five candidates have announced they will run for Issa's seat. Levin, an energy attorney, and real estate businessman Paul Kerr, and Sara Jacobs, the head of an worldwide non-profit, are also running as Democrats and had so far campaigned not so much against each other but rather against Issa.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the CLF launched four additional offices in California in 2017 to defend Representatives Mimi Walters Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Steve Knight, and Ed Royce, who serves as chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Republicans hope to take advantage of Democratic infighting to win. We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats' battle royale: "black and blue, and broke".
Earlier this week, Issa's colleague Rep. Ed Royce - also a Republican - announced his retirement, freeing up another seat that could flip to Democrats in 2018.
Nonpartisan election handicapper Crystal Ball, which is led by Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, revised the rating for California's 39th Congressional District following Royce's announcement.
"In the 49th district, Democrats are locked in what is fast becoming one of the bloodiest primaries in America".
Republicans said they would continue to fight for lower taxes and less government regulation while Democrats said they supported tax fairness that would allow the state to adequately fund education and support health care and other services for the needy.
In its quadrennial report on US infrastructure in 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the country a "D" or failing grade for the state of its bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, ports, airports, railways and school buildings.
Issa has faced weekly protests over the past year, with roughly 300 people gathering each week - and sometimes more than double that number - outside his Vista office.
We've achieved common sense tax and regulatory reforms to help small businesses and middle-class families realize their American dream.
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