Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rep. Darrell Issa surprises with plans to not seek re-election

Rep. Darrell Issa surprises with plans to not seek re-election

In a statement, Issa said that "with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in California's 49th District". Issa made a fortune from this business and he even provided the voice of the Viper auto alarms that would warn people they were standing too close the vehicle: "Protected by Viper".

About a quarter of Royce's constituents reside in the district she represented.

Issa's Wednesday announcement means at least 31 Republicans are retiring from the House this year.

"The reality is that America is better for the a year ago of this administration and this Congress", Issa said.

Issa's decision makes him the 30th Republican House member to not seek re-election this year, a number that has steadily grown in the last several months. "There's just much higher Democratic enthusiasm, and then all of a sudden, districts where Trump won by 5 points look a lot more shaky".

But while they no longer have Issa to attack, they said that the district still needs a Democrat to push against President Donald Trump. While Senate District 17 has one Democrat - Phyllis Hatcher - and three Republicans - Brian Strickland, Ed Toney and Nelva Lee - running for office.

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Issa, 64, was almost unseated in 2016 when Democratic Douglas Applegate came within 1,700 votes of winning the northern San Diego-county based seat, according to data from the California Secretary of State. The district, which includes coastal parts of Orange and San Diego Counties, backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016 by almost 8 percentage points, with Issa narrowly holding onto his seat.

The district stretches from La Jolla in San Diego and up the coast to Dana Point in southern Orange County. The 49th stretches down the west side of San Diego county, ending before La Jolla. He is also chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

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The media and voters alike need to be reminded that while the President does indeed hold the steering wheel on USS America, his rudder is very small and the ship is bloated from bow to stern. He was held to 57 percent of the vote previous year, a solid number but a mark that matched the lowest win percentage of his career, from his first election in 1992, and that came against a candidate who raised just $74,000 for his entire campaign. Just over 46 percent of voters turned out, compared to 29 percent in both 2014 and 2012.

Article updated at 11 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. on January 11 to reflect candidates who have since declared they will run for California's 49th congressional district.

While Issa is leaving, the Democrats who are trying to replace him said their campaigns won't change much. He's followed by Democratic candidate Mike Levin who had $530,000 on hand out of the $918,000 he brought in.

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