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GOP Rep. Frank Wolf Won't Run For Reelection

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Wolf's decision to retire creates a big pickup opportunity for Democrats. Mitt Romney very narrowly won Wolf's district in the 2012 election, with 50 percent voting for him over 49 percent voting for President Barack Obama, according to Roll Call.

Democrats see Fairfax County Supervisor John W. Foust as a strong candidate to take Wolf's seat.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) released a statement praising Wolf's tenure in office, especially as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. 

"Since being elected to serve the people of Virginia’s 10th District more than 30 years ago, Frank has been a loyal and hard-working member of the U.S. House of Representatives," Walden said in the statement. "As a member of the influential House Appropriations Committee, and as Chairman of the Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee, Frank has had important jurisdiction over our nation’s security and justice departments, along with many government agencies dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens on a daily basis. Frank has always been willing to ask the tough questions and do whatever it takes to protect the security of the American people."

This story was updated.