House Republicans are sprinting for the exits ahead of 2018 midterms

President Donald Trump leaves the White House last Friday on his way to Camp David to participate in a congressional Republican leadership retreat. On Saturday the president took to Twitter to defend his mental fitness and boast about his intelligence

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson told City News Service Tuesday that he's running for the 39th Congressional District seat now held by fellow Republican Ed Royce, whose retirement announcement Monday took many political observers by surprise. He also called Royce's announcement "a shocker".

Issa has been the representative of the 49th District since 2003.

Royce was among the top Democratic targets of House seats the party want to flip in this year's elections.

Darrell Issa, the Republican who investigated some of the biggest scandals of the Obama presidency, is retiring from Congress at the end of this term, he announced Wednesday.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Drew Godnich immediately released a statement following Issa's announcement.

Royce, who has represented his Orange County congressional district since 1993, is serving his past year as head of the influential committee under the term limits for chairmanships adopted by the House Republican caucus.

Royce won reelection by 14 points even though Clinton carried his district by almost 9 points, compared to Issa's razor-thin margin.

Royce is one of several relatively moderate Republicans from California whose jobs have become endangered as the state has become increasingly Democratic.

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To be sure, Democrats also have vulnerable members retiring, and the party, unlike Republicans in 1994, have struggled to give voters an agenda to support other than opposing Trump. We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats' battle royale: "black and blue, and broke", Stivers said in a statement.

Issa was narrowly re-elected in 2016 by 1,621 votes - a less than one percent margin - over retired Marine Corps.

The first reaction to the news that these two GOP stalwarts won't be seeking re-election in traditionally safe Republican districts (but districts that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016) was that these seats could swing toward the Democratic column (The Cook Political Report quickly switched its prognosis for the Royce seat from "Leans Republican" to "Leans Democratic.").

The district stretches from La Jolla in San Diego and up the coast to Dana Point in southern Orange County.

On the conservative site San Diego Rostra, Brian Brady backed Harkey for Congress speculated that every North County City Council member, Assembly member and state senator will consider their chances in the next few weeks.

The tie-breaking drawing was Virginia's first since 1971 but unprecedented in the state because of its impact on the House, election officials said.

According to NPR, there are now 31 Republican lawmakers who will not seek re-election in November.

The media and voters alike need to be reminded that while the President does indeed hold the steering wheel on USS America, his rudder is very small and the ship is bloated from bow to stern.

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