Wave of retirements rocks Democrats’ hopes of holding the House

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats are facing an onslaught of departures with less than a year to go before the midterm elections.

So far, 23 Democratic representatives have said they won’t seek re-election, including five in December alone. Three of them — Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, and Albio Sires of New Jersey — made their announcements just in the last week.

Some retiring members said they are bowing out because their districts have become more competitive under this year’s redistricting, while others cited dysfunction on Capitol Hill or satisfaction with their legislative accomplishments in this Congress. Several more are seeking other political offices.

The decisions come as the party faces significant headwinds leading into November.

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