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House Democrats Are Racing for the Exits as a Red Wave Looms

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More than a dozen Democrats in the House have already announced their exits in anticipation of a GOP sweep of the chamber in next year’s midterm elections.

California Rep. Jackie Speier, a survivor of the Jonestown massacre, is the latest in a string of lawmakers to announce her resignation, having concluded that serving in a chamber run by Republicans hellbent on retribution and score-settling won’t be good for her mental or physical health.

The number of retirees has not yet reached record levels, but it’s a sign of trouble ahead for Democrats struggling to find a message that connects with voters in the face of ominously low poll numbers and state-by-state redistricting efforts that, on the whole, will favor Republicans.

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