Some basic facts: There are 435 House Districts: 239 Republicans, 193 Democrats, 3 vacancies. Dems need to gain 25 to get toe 218. To date: 31 of the 239 Republicans already announced they will not be seeking re-election. 15 Democrats are not running for re-election. More to follow. (Mullens Report)
A record number of Republican House departures. 8 of 21 Standing Committees Chairs will not be returning, including Rep. Darrell Issa (CA,R), Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Of the 68 Republicans first sent to Congress in the “Contract with America” in 1994, only 8 remain. (Roll Call)
Rep Darrell Issa (R, CA) - The 9-term Republican opens a competitive house seat in 2018. While the registration favors a Republican, Hillary Clinton won the district by 8 points in 2016.
AZ Sen. Open Seat - Contested Republican Primary: Sheriff Joe Arpaio, St. Sen. Kelli Ward and probably Rep. Martha McSally. All are pro-Trump candidates.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R,UT) Sen. Orrin Hatch (R,UT) , the longest-serving Republican Senator, is retiring. This may give Mitt Romney a chance to run for the seat.
Rep Bill Shuster (R, PA) is retiring. Both seats are safe Republican seats
Michele Bachmann – former MN Republican Rep and presidential candidate is considering running for Al Franken’s senatorial seat.