Republicans Confront Grim Alert: House Exodus Surges as Experts Issue Stark Caution

( – In November 2024, the country will vote for the next leaders of the country. Not only is the US presidency on the ballot, but many seats in Congress. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up to the will of the people, and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate are up for grabs. But a good number of Republicans are stepping down from their positions and “calling it quits,” a fact that has some wondering about the GOP losing control of the Lower Chamber.

What Happened?

On February 27, The Daily Caller reported that many high-profile and seasoned House Republicans were retiring or otherwise leaving their positions. Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced his departure from Congress after losing his leadership position. The ordeal brought about by the House’s right wing highlighted strong division within the party. Co-founder of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, Kevin Kosar, said “losing seasoned chairpersons” should be “particularly distressing” to the GOP. Committee chairs are important decision-makers and leaders in the chamber.

According to reports, 21 Republicans have said they won’t seek reelection in November. Among the GOP chairpersons retiring are the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Financial Services Committee, the Select Committee on Strategic Competition with the Chinese Communist Party, and the Homeland Security Committee. Georgetown University Law and Politics Professor Josh Chafetz called it a bad “sign for [the] party.”

Ballotpedia reported that more than 40 House members are not seeking re-election — not including those who left their seats before the end of their term, like McCarthy. Of those, 15 GOP members are retiring, and the rest are just moving on to other things. A number of the House lawmakers are also Democrats, making up about half of the ones not returning, including 11 retirements.

What Does it All Mean?

Some experts believe the mass exodus from the right could be a “canaries in the coal mine” situation, warning that the House GOP cannot govern and will “lose its majority” in the next election. In fact, a CNN poll from January showed 67% of those surveyed disapprove of how Republican leaders in Congress are handling their jobs. A stunning 73% said they believe GOP House members were not paying enough attention to the country’s most important problems.

Even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving leader in the Upper Chamber, seems to see the writing on the wall. He just announced he would not seek the party leadership position in November. While the 82-year-old said he would finish his term, he is stepping back from heading up the Senate.

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