Under siege from revelations regarding an extra-marital affair that led to the Congressman allegedly encouraging his mistress to have an abortion after co-sponsoring pro-life legislation, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pittsburgh) announced late last night that he will not seek re-election next year. Mr. Murphy was originally elected in 2002, after the Pittsburgh area received a new open suburban seat through redistricting and retirements. In his eight congressional elections, Mr. Murphy dropped below 60% only one time, and ran unopposed in both 2014 and 2016. The 18th District is now solidly Republican (Trump: 58-38%; Romney: 58-41%), and encompasses parts of four counties in southwestern PA, including Allegheny and a small portion of Pittsburgh. The eventual new Republican nominee will be a heavy favorite to hold the seat for the GOP.
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