The Campaign Spot

Lose the Wolf, Gain the Love

Two big retirements in the House of Representatives today.

Frank Wolf, a Republican who represents Virginia’s tenth district and has served in Congress since 1981, is retiring. His district includes parts of Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Prince William, and Warren Counties — an R+2 suburban district with a high number of federal government employees that Democrats are likely to find friendly territory for a takeover.

Jim Matheson, a Democrat in Utah whom the NRCC found to be a frustratingly difficult lawmaker to defeat, is also retiring. Matheson’s fourth congressional district is a stunning R+14, so Democrats will have an extremely difficult time keeping the seat. While it’s likely that many Utah Republicans will explore a bid, Mia Love’s path to Congress just got a lot easier.