1994 v 2004: House Retirements
There are 9 Republicans seeking higher office this year. As of Thanksgiving, there were 5 additional retirements in the House:
- Randy "Duke" Cunningham, CA-50 (PVI R+5)
- Mike Bilirakis, FL-09 (PVI R+4)
- Henry Hyde, IL-06 (PVI R+3)
- Michael Oxley, OH-04 (PVI R+14)
- Jim Kolbe, AZ-08 (PVI ?)
Apparently, according to Jonathan Singer, this compares to 7 open seats this time in 1993. Less yes, but nothing to hang your hat on. Eventually, he says, there were 28 open seats - 20 retirements and 8 Democrats who unsuccessfully sought higher office. 9 more Democrats announced their retirements in January and February of 1994. 4 more announced in April. So we'll check back again at the end of April and see where we are.