Friday, August 17, 2007

Open GOP Seats

Already, five Republicans have announced their retirements; Duncan Hunter (R-California), Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois), Ray LaHood (R-Illinois), Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) and Chip Pickering (R-Mississippi)

Of them, Hunter's and Pickering's are both expected to remain in Republican hands, LaHood's and Hastert's lean Republican, but can become competitive and Pryce's is probably a toss-up if the Republicans are lucky.

More Republicans are expected to also retire. Here's a roundup of possibilities;

Don Young (R-Alaska)
Terry Everett (R-Alabama)
Rick Renzi (R-Arizona)
John Doolittle (R-California)
Elton Gallegly (R-California)
Buck McKeon (R-California)
Jerry Lewis (R-California)
Mike Castle (R-Delaware)
Bill Young (R-Florida)
Don Manzullo (R-Illinois)
Tom Latham (R-Iowa)
Steve King (R-Iowa)
Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana)
Wayne Gilchrest (R-Maryland)
Roscoe Bartlett (R-Maryland)
Vern Elhers (R-Michigan)
Sue Myrick (R-North Carolina)
John McHugh (R-New York)
Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio)
Dave Hobson (R-Ohio)
Ralph Regula (R-Ohio)
Ralph Hall (R-Texas)
Jo Ann Davis (R-Virginia)
Tom Davis (R-Virginia)
Barbara Cubin (R-Wyoming)

Of these seats, only a handful would be competitive for the Democrats, and Latham, Castle, McHugh, Davis and Young of Florida represent districts that lean Democratic.

Let's see who is next.

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