Aug 5, 2019

Rep. Kenny Marchant becomes 4th Texas Republican to announce retirement

Kenny Marchant during a House Ways and Means Committee meeting. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2020, becoming the fourth Texas Republican House member to announce retirement in recent weeks, the New York Times first reported.

Why it matters: Texas, which holds 38 electoral college votes, is increasingly becoming more competitive for Democrats in both presidential and congressional elections. Marchant won re-election in Texas' 24th district in November by just 3 points and is now the 12th House Republican retiring at the end of their term. Only 3 House Democrats have announced they aren't running in 2020.

House GOP Texas seats up for grabs in 2020:

  • Rep. Kenny Marchant, 24th district
  • Rep. Pete Olson, 22nd district
  • Rep. Will Hurd, 23rd district
  • Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th district

Go deeper: Shifting demographics could bring Texas into play for Democrats in 2020

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The 2020 candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate

Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren. Photos: Scott Olson/Getty Images, Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images, and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The fourth round of Democratic debates will be held on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio, with 12 candidates onstage, making it the biggest single-night debate to date. 

How it works: This debate had the same requirements as September's. Qualifying candidates must have reached 2% in 4 DNC-approved polls and drawn 130,000 unique donors — including 400 donors in 20 different states. Oct. 1 was the final day to make the cut.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Oct 2, 2019

Jay Inslee seeks third term as Washington governor

Gov. Jay Inslee. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Just 1 day after dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he will be seeking a third term as Washington's governor.

What he's saying: "I want to continue to stand with you in opposing Donald Trump and rejecting his hurtful and divisive agenda, while strengthening and enhancing Washington state's role as a progressive beacon for the nation," Inslee wrote in a statement.

Go deeperArrowAug 22, 2019

GOP Rep. Sean Duffy resigning to care for child with heart condition

Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) announced Monday that he will resign on Sept. 23 after receiving news that the child he and his wife are expecting in late October has been diagnosed with complications, including a heart condition.

The big picture: Duffy, a staunch supporter of President Trump is the 12th House Republican to announce that he will not be running for re-election this year. His seat is nestled in a solidly red district, where he won re-election by 22 points and where Trump won by 21 in 2016, per Politico.

Go deeperArrowAug 26, 2019