When GOP nominee loses GOP, ‘I am going to run’
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The day after Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Rep. Joe Barton resigned from Congress and became the first major House Republican to announce he would not seek re-election.
Barton, a longtime member of the House Freedom Caucus, told reporters at the Capitol the move was “an important step in helping my constituents to have a voice” and said he has “nothing to hide” in the process.
In a tweet, Barton said, “We have worked hard to rebuild our party and we have the best chance of winning the Presidency.
I am going home to Texas to spend more time with my family.”
Barton was the only Republican lawmaker to officially declare his candidacy on Thursday, but he was also one of the last to leave his home district.
He’s the first House Republican who has publicly announced he is seeking the White House.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other top Republicans in the House were among the first to declare their candidacy for president, but both were expected to be out of the race before they did.
Rep. Dave Reichert, the Republican from Washington state, announced his bid on Wednesday and was expected to announce his decision in the coming days.
Rep. Steve Scalis (R-La.) is leaving Congress.
Reporters asked him about his decision to announce early.
He said, I have decided to withdraw my bid.
I will remain in Washington and do the best that I can to help my constituents.
Scalises announcement came on the heels of former President Barack Obama announcing he will announce his presidential campaign on Friday.
The former president announced his candidacy in early March.
Scalis’ departure comes a week after Trump announced he would leave the race and said his 2020 campaign would be “the most successful in history.”
Trump is the first sitting Republican president to exit a primary campaign.
The day after Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Rep. Joe Barton resigned from Congress and became the…