Sen. Thad Cochran (R, MS) - Chairman of the Appropriate Committee, will resign from the Senate on April 1, 2018, over health issues. Gov. Phil Bryant (R,MS) will select Cochran’s replacement. Some have urged Bryant to appoint himself.
Special Election – PA, District 18. Trump carried the district by 20%. Democrat Conor Lamb, Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Tariff. Republican Rick Saccone, State Rep, Conservative. The Democratic raised $3.3 million to $700,00 for the Republican. U.S. Steel is headquartered in Pittsburgh. Republican polling 3-5% ahead of the Democrat. Note: District 18 will disappear, following the PA Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering. The Special Election winner will have to run against an Incumbent in another district. (Politico, Mullings)>
A race to watch - NV 4th District - A race to watch - NV 4th District – Freshman Rep. Ruben Kihuenis (NV,D) not running for re-election following sexual harassment charges. Two former lawmakers are vying for the seat. Former Dem. Rep Steven Horsford, who represented the district beginning in 2013 and former GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy who unseated Horsford in 2014 is also running.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ, R) - will not seek reelection. This will be a competitive seat.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R, SC) – not running for reelection. He is Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.