Lackluster candidates in moderate district could be one of first GOP House seats to change hands
The retirement of Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., shown hugging Janna Ryan after Rep. Paul Ryan was sworn in as House Speaker last year, makes his seat a big target for Democrats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Republican Rep. John Kline is retiring from his competitive, suburban district in Minnesota and expressed concern over the lack of quality GOP candidates to replace him. Those concerns are becoming reality as the seat continues to develop into a prime Democratic takeover opportunity.
In 2014, Kline was re-elected by 17 points, but his margin of victory made the 2nd District look less competitive than reality, considering President Barack Obama won the district twice, albeit narrowly.