The mass GOP exodus continued on Friday when Rep. George Holding (R-NC) announced that he will not be seeking reelection in next year’s election, giving Democrats a chance to take another seat in the House.
Holding is now the 25th Republican who has either quit or announced they will not seek re-election in 2020.
Holding, who has opposed the right of same-sex couples to marry and the Violence Against Women Act, said he would not seek reelection after a federal court forced the State of North Carolina to redraw its extremely gerrymandered congressional district maps. Holding would have been forced to run in a district that will be less Republican.
“It has also been gratifying to work for the ideals and values that I, like many other Americans, believe in,” Holding said in a statement announcing his resignation, according to The Hill.
Axios adds that “Holding’s decision to leave Congress is one of the first major impacts of North Carolina’s new maps, which still favor Republicans in eight out of the state’s 13 congressional seats.”