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Twenty-one House Democrats have announced they will not seek re-election in the midterm contests in 2022.
To regain the majority in the House, Republicans only need to gain five seats. The races without an incumbent Democrat will now be four times the number Republicans must win to take back the majority. Seventy-five percent of Capitol Hill aides believe Republicans will be successful.
The high number of incumbent Democrats who will not run opens the door for Republicans to win in many districts.
California Rep. Alan Lowenthal is the latest Democrat to announce his retirement.