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Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa. Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) told MSNBC’S Kasie Hunt on Sunday evening that he will not seek reelection this year as he's facing an uphill battle in a newly-redrawn district in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

The backdrop: Costello had filed to run in the GOP primary for the state's 6th congressional district in May. But his district was transformed by the recent redrawing of the state's congressional districts after the state Supreme Court ruled that the prior GOP-crafted map was unconstitutional. The new map is expected to make elections more competitive and put several Republican-held seats in play for Democrats this year. For example, Costello's district went from +1 Clinton in 2016 to +9 on the new map.

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The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified the state's election results on Monday, making President-elect Joe Biden's win there official and granting him the state's 16 electoral votes.

Why it matters: Republican Party leaders had unsuccessfully appealed to delay the official certification, amid the Trump campaign's failed legal challenges in key swing states.