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Rep. Ed Royce of California announces he will not seek reelection

13 January 2018, 02:17 | Taylor George

Rep. Ed Royce of California announces he will not seek reelection

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Simonds also announced Wednesday that she is running for the seat again in 2019, and emphasized the need for voting reform.

"It is with great disappointment that I am conceding the election to David Yancy", Simonds tweeted. "I just made a decision to do it", she says.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hired local organizers in both Royce and Issa's districts in February 2017, and opened a regional office in Orange County for the first time in April.

"The decision not to request a second recount was a hard one, and in the long run, history will be the judge of this election", Simonds said in the announcement.

State law allowed Simonds until January 16 to make that request, potentially creating an ugly scene that could have marred the installation of a new GOP speaker and complicate the party's effort to rebrand itself after devastating losses in an anti-Trump wave in November.

Democrats had been outnumbered 66-34 in the House but picked up 15 seats in the November elections in a wave fueled by antipathy to President Donald Trump. The GOP has led the House for 18 years, dominating by 63-to-34 majority before the elections.

Additionally, Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican and Sen.

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Both the Cook Report and Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, election handicapper websites that rate competitive House, Senate and Gubernatorial races, both consider the 49th district as a "toss up". But when a court reviewed the recount, Yancey's lawyers found a single ballot they believed should have been counted for the Republican.

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.

Demographic changes - especially the drift of college-age and female voters to the Democrats - have undone some of that geographical advantage, but Republicans remain cautiously optimistic that they can hang onto power.

Rep. Steve Stivers of OH, the chairman of the Republican campaign arm, predicted that a contentious Democratic primary would leave the eventual nominee "black and blue, and broke" and benefit the Republicans.

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. Some corporate contributors become known because they voluntarily disclose their donations, but the chamber has become a discreet way for corporate America to try to influence elections without publicly picking a side that might alienate customers.

Former AssemblywomanDiane Harkey says she has the backing of Issa and Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine. But Democrats want that promise codified in the rules.

Royce was already planning to step down as the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee this year, saying he would spend his final year on the "urgent threats facing our nation".

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