Yesterday, Detroit area Representative David Trott (R-Birmingham) released a statement informing his constituency that he will not seek a third term next year, citing a desire to return to the private sector. The surprise retirement sends local Republicans into a chaotic state, and will almost assuredly mean that a strong Democratic nominee comes to the forefront in a battle for the politically marginal seat. Weeks ago, former Homeland Security official Fayrouz Saad and Treasury Department appointee Haley Stevens had declared their candidacies. More individuals from both parties are expected to step forward now that the race is open.
Added to the pair of other Republican retirement announcements from last week, the total 2018 open House seat count grows to twenty-five. MI-11 must be rated as a “Lean Republican” district and one becoming a major Democratic conversion target next year.
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