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Pa. Republican Congressman Calls It Quits, Won’t Seek Reelection This Year: Report

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Ryan Costello announced that he will not seek re-election this year as he faces a difficult midterm race in a district with a growing Democratic voter base, according to a new report.

According to City & State Pennsylvania, Costello did file to run in the GOP primary for the state’s 6th District in May, but he told Republican officials that he plans to drop the race just weeks before the election.

Sources close to Costello told City & State Pennsylvania that the congressman met with former 6th District Rep. Jim Gerlach (R) and the state GOP chairman on Friday to announce his decision.

According to ABC News, “Costello’s district was one that was most deeply affected when the state Supreme Court redrew the congressional map.”

ABC News also noted that “His 6th Congressional District was transformed from one that Hillary Clinton won by one point in 2016 to one she would have won by nine points under the new lines.”

Democrats hope to net at least 24 seats to regain control of the House.

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