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Bob Gibbs, House Republican facing main challenge in Ohio, will retire

Representative Bob Gibbs of Ohio announced on Wednesday that he would not seek re-election, just as early voting began in the state. Ohio’s redistricting process had forced Mr. Gibbs, who has served in Congress since 2011, into a Republican primary against a Trump-backed challenger, Max Miller, among others.

Mr. Gibbs said in a press release that Congress’s tumultuous effort to redraw the map of the state had become a “circus”, and he criticized last-minute changes to his rural district south of Cleveland.

“It is irresponsible to effectively confirm the Congressional map for this election cycle seven days before voting begins, especially in the Seventh Congressional District where nearly 90% of the electorate is new and nearly two-thirds is an area primary from another district, unrelated to any expectations or connection to the current Seventh District,” he said.

Mr. Gibbs faced a serious primary challenge from Mr. Miller, an aide to former President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump endorsed Mr. Miller last year when the Ohio nominee sought to unseat Representative Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach Mr. Trump. But Mr Gonzalez said in September he would not run again.

Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Gonzalez were then drawn into the new Seventh District. Mr. Gibbs voted against impeaching Mr. Trump after the Capitol riot and voted to overturn the presidential election results, positions the former president has treated as litmus tests for which he will back Republicans in 2022.

Mr Miller, who has called for term limits for members of Congress and pledged to “drain the swamp” in Washington on Wednesday rented The tenure of Mr. Gibbs.

Ohio loses one of its 16 congressional seats in the once-a-decade redistricting process after the last census. State efforts to redraw its district lines have become mired in legal challenges.

In January, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected a map of Congress drawn by the state’s Republican-dominated Redistricting Commission, calling it too partisan for a state where the GOP recently won about 55% of the vote. popular statewide.

The redistricting process is a potentially deciding factor in determining which party will control Congress. Both sides sought to give each other advantages in the states of the country.

Maryland’s Republican governor signed a map drawn by Democrats on Tuesday after a judge rejected an earlier map she called “extreme gerrymander.” There have been legal wrangles over congressional cards in several states, including New York, Alabama and North Carolina.


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