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Rep. Pete King, longtime Long Island Republican, retires in new blow to Trump's GOP


Added 11-11-19 08:13:03am EST - “Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island), the dean of the New York Republican congressional delegation, announced his retirement on Monday in a new blow to already slim GOP hopes of retaking the House of Representatives.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Rep. Pete King, longtime Long Island Republican, retires in new blow to Trump’s GOP”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island), the dean of the New York Republican congressional delegation, announced his retirement on Monday in a new blow to already slim GOP hopes of retaking the House of Representatives.

King, 75, became the latest in a flood of Republican departures, saying in a Facebook post that he would not run for a 15th term representing a district that has been trending more Democratic in recent years.

“I intend to ... be active politically and look forward to seeing what opportunities and challenges await me in this next chapter of a very fortunate life,” King wrote.

King, a conservative member of the GOP establishment, vowed to vote against President Trump’s impeachment and to support his reelection bid. Still, other Republicans have become significantly more outspoken about Trump’s misdeeds after they have decided to leave office.

King boasted that he could’ve won reelection next year, noting that he has a $1 million campaign war chest and his "poll numbers are better than ever.

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