Monday, January 04, 2010

More GOP Congresscritters are retiring than Dem COngresscritters

I keep hearing that the Democrats in DC have a flood of people retiring from Congress this year.

Must be Republicans spreading that rumor, because reality paints a different story:

With news that Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC) will not seek re-election, we noted Republicans now have 14 open House seats to defend this year while Democrats have just 10 open seats so far.

The Fix: "While much of the focus for the last month (or so) has been on Democrats' retirement problems -- set off by a quartet of announcements in swing and Republican-leaning districts over the last month -- a broad look at the open seat playing field suggests more parity in terms of the two parties' opportunities and vulnerabilities than conventional wisdom suggests."


Oops.

-Bob

2 comments:

David said...

I'm always happy to see any Congresscritters retiring - regardless of party affiliation.

Oldenburg said...

Yes, that may be true, but of more importance is how many of these open seats are swing-able? If they are in R+20 districts (or D+20 conversely) these open seats are not much of threat to flip unless you get someone like Bill Sali to run.