Several House Democrats announced their retirement last week in advance of the 2022 midterm elections.
New Jersey’s Albio Sires, Florida’s Stephanie Murphy and California’s Lucille Roybal-Allard all announced last week that they wouldn’t seek reelection in 2022. The news brings the number of retiring Democrats to 23, compared with 11 Republicans. Meanwhile, early predictions suggest Republicans have a good chance to retake control of the House of Representatives amid high inflation and poor approval ratings for President Joe Biden. In addition, a number of redistricting plans are resulting in district seats that may be less favorable to Democrats in 2022. In the House, Democrats currently hold a 222 to 213 majority.
Coverage across the spectrum, especially from right-rated outlets, often painted the retirements as evidence that Democrats are struggling ahead of the 2022 elections. Some reports from left- and center-rated sources focused on the observation that the president’s party usually falters in midterm elections.