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Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, did not say explicitly why he's not running.

Democrats still have an uphill climb, however: in most states, Republican victories in the wave election of 2010 - which was also a Census year - led to the drawing of congressional districts in ways that favored the GOP. Democrats in the 39th district have experienced slow voter growth since 2012 when they had 32 percent, while Republicans show a decline from 40 percent the same year.

Royce won his reelection campaign in 2016 with more than 57 percent of the vote and had appeared to be gearing up for reelection with $3.4 million in his campaign account as of September.

Royce, 66, has served in the lower chamber since 1993.

Democrats already have a spate of candidates running for the seat, including: Gil Cisneros, a veteran, lottery victor and philanthropist who is self-financing his campaign; Andy Thorburn, a health insurance executive who is also self-financing; and Mai Khanh Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant and pediatrician. In 2012, Republicans enjoyed almost eight percentage points over Democrats in the district.

Royce's district includes portions of Los Angeles and Orange counties and is considered to be in play.

"In the suburbs, Trump is toxic", Pitney said.

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Sixteen Republicans and seven Democrats have announced their resignations ahead of the midterms. In order to take control the House, Democrats need to gain 24 seats in November.

The ranking by Sabato's Crystal Ball, at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, also changed Monday with Royce's announcement.

Republican Rep. Steve Stivers, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the GOP was "fired up and ready to hold this seat".

He joins 29 fellow House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, seeking another office or stepping down effective immediately since President Donald Trump entered the White House.

"In a district that Hillary Clinton won by 8 points, Democrats are poised to win this Orange County seat and send someone to Washington who truly represents the values of Southern California", said Drew Godinich, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He said his focus for the remainder of his term will be key issues, including Russian interference in American elections.

Royce, who has represented his Orange County congressional district since 1993, is serving his previous year as head of the influential committee under the term limits for chairmanships adopted by the House Republican caucus.

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