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Only 17 More Surprise Retirements Until Van Hollen’s Assessment Is Wrong

In the Washington Post today, there’s word that more retirements of House Democrats are coming:

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, acknowledged that “some more” Democratic retirements will be announced before the end of the year, but that the number will be “nothing on the scale of 1994, when you had 28 Democratic open seats” and the party lost control of the House.

Well, there have been four pure retirements so far. Then you throw in those who are leaving the House to run for higher office – Davis in Alabama, Hodes in New Hampshire, Sestak in Pennsylvania, Melancon in Louisiana, Abercrombie in Hawaii, Meek and Wexler in Florida. That takes you up to 11.

Less than 28? Way to go out on a limb, Chris.

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