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Lincoln Davis: I’m Running Again

“My family and I had a conversation about reapportionment and it was either my wife or oldest daughter that said, ‘Well Dad, it doesn’t matter what they do to you. They can’t put you in any more conservative district.’”

Davis’ 4th district seat will be hard for Democrats to hold when he does decide to vacate it.

McCain carried it with 64 percent in the 2008 presidential contest. In 2004, former President George W. Bush won the seat with 58 percent of the vote.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Crider said that when it comes to retirement speculation, party leaders have been talking with Members about their future plans and will continue to do so.

“As [DCCC] Chairman [Chris] Van Hollen has said time and again, this cycle there will be no surprises and there certainly won’t be the wave of retirements that the NRCC is predicting,” Crider said. “The NRCC’s wishful thinking won’t make up for their committee’s political failures, excessive spending and Republican civil war.”

NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said Democrats have no one to blame but themselves for their recent retirement issues.

“The wildly out-of-touch policies of the Obama-Pelosi agenda have alienated millions of voters and left Democrat incumbents with a disastrous choice to make: Retire now or lose in November,” Spain said. “It’s only fitting that Democrats are ending their last legislative week of the year trying to contain the chaos within their own ranks.”

Lauren W. Whittington contributed to this report.

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