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Chairman Ed Royce Statement - Committee on Foreign Affairs

Chairman Ed Royce Statement - Committee on Foreign Affairs

Royce's district includes portions of Los Angeles and Orange counties and is considered to be in play. The president's party usually experiences losses in the mid-term election.

Since President Donald Trump took office, Republicans have come under fire at town halls and other public events for backing high-profile GOP priorities, including repealing Obamacare, stemming the flow of immigrants into the country and overhauling the USA tax code.

"Rep. Royce knows that if he ran for re-election in 2018, he would lose", Kurtz said in a statement, adding that it is "proof positive that Democrats are gaining momentum and ready to retake the House in 2018 with a wave election".

Royce, who has been recently been active in pushing for sanctions against Pakistan, thanked his constituents and touted some of his legislative accomplishments.

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If Republicans maintain control of the House in the November elections, Representative Michael McCaul, a foreign affairs committee member who is now chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is seen as a possible new leader of the foreign affairs panel, congressional aides said.

Royce is well-known and well-liked by many voters in his district. At least seven of the most vulnerable seats are in California, where Republicans represent districts that voted for Hillary Clinton.

Democratic strategists and campaign backers said Royce's decision reflects voter angst directed at Republicans. Royce is the seventh committee chairman in the House to announce his resignation this year; faced with the prospect of running an uphill race in November and winning, only to return to the House as a backbencher instead of his committee's head honcho, he chose to pack it in.

Another Republican seat in Congress will be up for grabs in this fall's midterm elections.

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"Orange County has no shortage of Republican talent and a highly organized ground effort with the NRCC at the forefront", Stivers said.

Royce is one of several relatively moderate Republicans from California whose jobs have become endangered as the state has become increasingly Democratic.

Democrats are targeting several other Orange County congressional seats now held by Republicans, including ones represented by Darrell Issa, Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters.

Moreover, the Cook Report and Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball both consider the 39th to be "leaning Republican", which could lead to a competitive race. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove; Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara; Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert and Scott Peters, D-La Jolla.

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