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.
2018 Senate Democratic worry states (from Roll Call)
MO – Sen Claire McCaskill – Trump carried state by 20 points.
IN – Sen. Joe Donnelly – Trump carried state by 19 points.
ND – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp – Trump carried state by 36 points.
WV – Sen. Joe Manchin – Trump carried state by 42 points. (Roll Call)