Democrat Retirements Could Signal White Flag Heading Into 2022


Democrats are deflecting questions about a series of retirements by veteran lawmakers in recent months as the party holds a slim majority in the U.S. House heading into next year's midterm elections.

Many believe the departures are sign Democrats know the writing is on the wall heading into 2022.

"This is administration is failing at everything and Democrats are scurrying to try to figure out what's the narrative they're going to bring to the voters," says Ted Harvey, retired Colorado state senator and chairman of the Committee to Defeat the President.

So far just 10 House Democrats have announced their departures compared to nine Republicans.

"It would be a disservice to the voters if you were going to retire and you weren't making that announcement known now," says Harvey. "If not, you're going to see it in the next month or two."

If recent history holds true, a majority of retirements are announced over the holidays to give the parties time to field primary candidates.


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