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Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) Won't Run For Reelection

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Matheson's seat is one of the most conservative ones held by Democrats. In statement Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (NY) praised Matheson's time in office but made no mention of whether he expected Democrats would keep the seat or not. 

"For his entire career in public service, Jim Matheson has been putting his constituents first, and it’s been an honor to serve with him," Israel said. "Jim’s priorities have always been to focus on working together to solve our problems, responsibly put our fiscal house in order and make our country strong for the next generation. My colleagues and I will miss Jim’s voice, but we offer him our best wishes as he and his family start the next chapter of their service to the people of Utah."

This post was updated.