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Could More House Retirements Imperil GOP Majority in 2018?
Retirements of three moderates spark fears about more leaving

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent’s decision makes the race for his 15th District seat more competitive. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House retirements are a staple of each election cycle. But the decision by three moderate Republicans not to seek re-election is worrying party members, already nervous about holding the majority in 2018.

“You hate to have an open seat in what you know is going to be a bad year,” said Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Advocacy Group Targets 29 Republicans Ahead of Health Care Vote
American Action Network is making a final six-figure push in support of AHCA

American Action Network’s latest digital campaign targets Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has come out against leadership’s health care plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is launching a final push to pressure 29 Republicans to support the GOP health care plan ahead of an expected vote later this week.

Some of those lawmakers have indicated they won’s support the bill.

Democrats Recruit Ros-Lehtinen Challenger
First-time candidate is open about his colorful past

Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen didn't have a Democratic challenger in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In an effort to expand the playing field, national Democrats have recruited a candidate to challenge Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Florida's 27th District, who didn't have a Democratic challenger in 2014.  

Scott Fuhrman, a third-generation fruit-juice bottler, will announce his candidacy in a web video Friday, according to The Miami Herald .