It’s a sign of the party’s diminishing hopes of keeping the House majority after next year’s midterm elections.

Rep. Mike Doyle will not seek reelection. | (Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo)


10/18/2021 11:43 AM EDT

Updated: 10/18/2021 03:27 PM EDT

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A pair of longtime House Democrats announced their retirements on Monday, the latest in a string of departures that has left some in the party anxiously bracing for more ahead of what could be a brutal midterm.

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle and North Carolina Rep. David Price, who both spent decades in the House, said Monday they would not seek reelection, becoming the sixth and seventh Democrats to announce their retirements ahead of next November.

Senior Democrats downplayed the latest announcements, saying both Price and Doyle had been privately forecasting their retirement plans to close colleagues for several months. But the loss of the two longtime members — both deans of their respective state delegations — comes as the House Democratic Caucus faces the potential for significant turnover next year, including in its top leaders.

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