The decision of Issa gives the Democrats a chance to gain a majority in the House of representatives
Republican Congressman Darrell Issa on Wednesday announced that he would not run for a new term, giving Democrats an opportunity to gain even one seat in the November midterm elections.
Issa announced his decision on Twitter, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to represent the residents of the 49th district of California.
“To serve the 49 th district was a great honor. I sincerely thank all of you for your support and for allowing me the honor to serve you all these years,” he wrote.
Issa won the 2016 elections with a slight advantage due to the dramatic changes in the political situation in his district, which is traditionally considered a stronghold of the Republicans. However, in the last election Democrat, Hillary Clinton won the victory by a margin of seven percent.
The fact that Issa, who served in Congress for 17 years, has decided not to run gives Democrats the opportunity to receive 24 seats needed to restore the majority in the House of representatives.
Republican ed Royce, the head of the house of representatives Committee on international relations, on Monday also announced he did not intend to stand for re-election. It is also one of the districts of southern California, where last year defeated Clinton.