Keller’s announcement makes him the 14th Home Republican to say no to hunt reelection this yr. Thirty-one Home Democrats have opted to not run once more, forward of a November election wherein their get together faces powerful odds of sustaining management of the Home.
Pennsylvania is shedding one congressional district within the once-a-decade redistricting course of. In a press release final week after the brand new district maps had been finalized, Keller had stated he deliberate to run towards Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Pa.) within the ninth District within the east-central a part of the state, vowing to “be certain that the voters, not partisan judges, decide their consultant in Washington.”
On Monday, nevertheless, Keller stated that “this election is larger than anyone individual” and introduced a change in plans.
“Somewhat than pit Republicans towards Republicans, which the congressional map chosen by the liberal Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom does, I’m dedicated to serving to take again the Home, holding Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat, and electing a conservative Governor,” he stated in a press release. “To that finish, I’m not going to run towards one other member of Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressional Delegation.”
Meuser has represented the ninth District since 2019. He didn’t instantly touch upon Keller’s announcement.