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Rep. Tim Murphy resigns following abortion scandal

Rep. Tim Murphy on Capitol Hill last year. Photo: Cliff Owen / AP

Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy is resigning from the House of Representatives, effective October 21, per Speaker Paul Ryan's office. Murphy announced yesterday that he wouldn't be seeking reelection in 2018 after news broke that he'd pushed his mistress to have an abortion.

Political bottom line: The seat is safely Republican.

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