Republican leaders of the House of Representatives fear that there could be a wave of retirements coming in 2018 according to the Hill. Reports suggest that some Republican lawmakers neither want to defend the President nor deal with possible primary challengers on their right.
Lawmakers intending to retire often announce their plans in the period between Labor Day and the end of the year. But this week’s decisions by Reps. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) to skip reelection bids in competitive districts have fanned speculation once again that the GOP will soon see more lawmakers heading for the exits...A president’s party typically faces strong headwinds in the first midterm after a presidential election, especially in open seats it previously held. A recent analysis by Kyle Kondik at the University of Virginia’s Sabato’s Crystal Ball elections website found that the party in the White House usually loses 11 percent of its vote share in an open seat midterm race, compared with the previous incumbent’s margin two years earlier.