Republican Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania won't seek re-election

U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello R-6 of West Goshen attends an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C

The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections updated their ratings for the 6th Congressional district to "likely Democrat" in light of Congressman Ryan Costello's retirement. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to scrap the old, gerrymandered congressional map and replace it with a new one this fall meant Costello's Chester County district had shifted from one that split almost evenly between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in 2016 to one that favored Clinton by nearly 10 points.

"The combination of what I've had to deal with, just in terms of having a young family, [with] what the state Supreme Court did - which I think was obscene - along with the political environment has me led me to the decision", he told host Kasie Hunt.

The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement after news broke that Costello would not seek re-election.

A U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania is dropping out of his race in the wake of redistricting.

The congressman also said that, "no matter how bipartisan and open and transparent I am, there is so much anger out there that it doesn't matter".

Costello's decision follows Democrat Conor Lamb's defeat of his Republican opponent, Rick Saccone, in a close race in Pennsylvania's 18th district, which Trump carried in 2016 by 20 percentage points.

"We will work tirelessly to ensure this seat remains in Republican hands", Stivers said. Both Republicans were running to the right of Costello, a business-friendly legislator who had opposed the GOP's effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"I think there is a lot of hate, from the left especially, and it's a very angry environment", he said.

Houlahan, an Air Force veteran who became an executive for the AND1 athletic wear brand, ended 2017 with $950,000 and is frequently billed as one of her party's top recruits. That leaves the GOP with three options: Take Costello off the ballot and either accept Greg MacCauley as the Republican candidate or try to organize a write-in campaign; or keep Costello on the ballot through the primary, and, if he wins, party leaders could then hand-pick his replacement.

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