California Rep. Darrell Issa not seeking re-election in 2018

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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".

Issa had indicated that he was preparing to defend the seat, despite agreement by outside analysts and campaign operatives in both parties that it would have been one of the most competitive races in the country.

Scott Lewis, editor-in-chief of NBC 7's news partner, Voice of San Diego, doesn't rule out Issa's retirement benefiting the GOP come election day. Royce's announcement punctuated an accelerating trend that leaves his party on treacherous footing in its effort to maintain control of Congress.

It's truly an honor to represent the people of California's 39th Congressional District.

Districts like Issa's are key for Democrats to take back the House in 2018, and the party was quick to capitalize on the news of his departure.

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"Orange County has no shortage of Republican talent", he said in a statement, adding, "We have just one message for Democrats who think they can compete for this seat: bring it on".

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) announced Wednesday that he will be retiring ahead of the 2018 midterms.

Royce, who has represented his Orange County congressional district since 1993, is serving his previous year as head of the influential committee under the term limits for chairmanships adopted by the House Republican caucus.

Royce's district backed Clinton by 8 percentage points. Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced his surprise retirement on Monday.

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Nervous enough to send out blatantly racist flyers encouraging people to vote against the two Democratic candidates for the District 111 House seat. Both Issa and Royce represent districts that Hillary Clinton carried over Donald Trump in 2016.

Before Chávez announced, Brady wrote: "My short list of potential candidates would include: County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, County Supervisor Bill Horn, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, Vista Councilmember Amanda Rigby, Vista Deputy Mayor John Franklin, Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, Assemblyman Bill Brough, State Senator Pat Bates, and maybe Aliso Viejo Mayor Mike Munzing". The 49th stretches down the west side of San Diego county, ending before La Jolla. Senate District 17 and House District 111 are up for grabs, check the Secretary of State's My Voter Page to find which districts you live in and your polling location.

As NPR's Jessica Taylor reported, there are now 31 Republicans not seeking re-election in 2018.

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