Why Retirements May Additionally Hold The Key In Whether Republicans Can Preserve The House

Republicans still control the House and their caucus is quite young, with only a handful of vulnerable Republicans over age 65.
There were — get this — 76 Democratic-held, Republican-tilting (or often leaning) districts by that measure heading into the 2010 election.
But without a string of retirements, the Democratic path to control of the House is challenging.
If retirements were to stay ahead of 2008 pace, it would be enough to make Democrats favorites to win the House in a wave election like those in 2006 or 2010.
The most favorable precedent for Democrats is 2008, when Republicans were newly out of power in the House and poised for another general election defeat.

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