RED WAVE, BLUE FLIGHT: As Likelihood of GOP Majority Grows, 25 Dems Head for the Exits

Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence is the latest Democrat in congress who won’t be seeking reelection once her term is finished, Fox News reports. Lawrence released a statement via a Twitter video message, breaking the news to her constituents.

“This year marks my 30th year in elected public service, and I’ve had the good fortune of serving Michiganders on the local and national level,” she said in a video tweet announcing her decision. “After reflecting on my journey & having conversations with my family, I’m announcing that I will not be seeking re-election to Congress.”

According to Politico, Lawrence is the 25th Democrat to retire ahead of the 2022 midterms. Her decision came after the state’s new redistricting map put her hometown in U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell’s district and divided some majority Black neighborhoods in Lawrence’s district.

“I am incredibly grateful for the people in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District who place their trust and vote in me – in me, just a little Black girl from the east side of Detroit – you made me your congresswoman,” she said in the video tweet. 

The mass exodus of Dem candidates is adding fuel to the red wave fire. GOP members feel confident in their ability to take back the house during this year’s midterms.

“The Cook Political Report is projecting that Republicans have an advantage in taking back a majority in the House of Representatives during the coming midterm elections. The GOP need to flip just five seats to reclaim control of the lower chamber, with the party expressing optimism about their odds,” the New York Post reports.