In the middle of a public sexual harassment controversy and staring at a likely adverse redistricting situation, Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Chadds Ford) announced late yesterday in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan and his local Republican chairman that he has decided not to seek re-election to a fifth term. Mr. Meehan’s decision now brings the House open seat count to an even 50, of which 35 are Republican-held.
The Philadelphia suburban seat had performed as a marginal political district though Mr. Meehan held it easily, averaging 58.9% in his four election victories. It’s craggily shape made it a natural for the redistricting argument, and this seat will come front and center in the subsequent re-draw action the state Supreme Court ordered earlier this week. A new 7th District will almost assuredly lean Democratic.
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