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California Rep. Darrell Issa to retire after the end of his term

California Rep. Darrell Issa to retire after the end of his term

"In the House, the best-case scenario is to try to keep loses to a minimum", said Thomas M. Reynolds, a former congressman from NY who led the House Republican campaign committee when they lost power after the 2006 midterm elections.

"I am forever grateful to the people of San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties for their support and affording me the honor of serving them all these years", Issa said in a statement Wednesday morning. Yet with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in California's 49th District. Issa chose to be in lockstep with the desires of the gun lobby over his community's safety, we called him out, and now he'll be gone from Congress. While Republicans have a voter registration advantage, historically the party that controls the White House loses seats in Congress during the president's first midterm election.

Four Democrats, including Applegate, have already 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 global non-profit, are also running as Democrats and had so far campaigned not so much against each other but rather against Issa.

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Scott Lewis, editor-in-chief of NBC 7's news partner, Voice of San Diego, doesn't rule out Issa's retirement benefiting the GOP come election day.

The nearly non-existent presence of Republicans representing California in Congress is likely to grow even smaller after the 2018 midterm elections, primarily because of President Donald Trump's extreme unpopularity, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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

Democrats with plans to retake control of the House hope to oust a handful of California Republicans whose districts Clinton carried.

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., is expected to announce this week that she will leave her swing-district seat to run for the Senate.

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.

On Tuesday, a group of more than 400 activists gathered outside Issa's office to hold a "retirement party" for the congressman, complete with festive signs and a cake that read "out with the old, in with the new, bye Issa, we won't miss you".

Republican John Dadian, a former Issa campaign consultant, said, "Clearly the Republicans think it's their seat, so it's going to be a large field".