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Ryan Costello makes it official: He's not seeking re-election to Congress

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Rep. Ryan Costello R-Pa. was elected in Pennsylvania's Sixth District in 2016

A new redistricting map and the current political climate has led Chester County Congressman Ryan Costello to announce that he will not seek reelection in the 6th congressional district.

Costello's decision comes after the state Supreme Court redrew the congressional map in Pennsylvania after ruling that the old map draw by Republicans was unconstitutional.

The court decision was "obscene", Costello said, arguing that having his district turn 10 points bluer made it hard for him to run again.

"And when you're facing a candidate in Chrissy Houlahan, who already has a million dollars in the bank and has the full support of the DCCC, that is a very, very tall task", he said.

Costello's retirement may help put Republicans' control of the House of Representatives into jeopardy. So many factors are stacking up against the GOP and its candidates in suburban areas with moderate voters - dislike for President Donald Trump, a tradition of presidential party losses in mid-term elections, energized candidates - that simple voter registration edges would not necessarily have protected Costello.

In that race, Republican Rick Saccone conceded his loss to Democrat Conor Lamb on March 21 in the razor-close race for the state's 18th Congressional District, a Republican stronghold. "It now includes all of Chester County and Reading, and Costello currently represents 50 percent of the newly drawn 6th District", Inside Elections wrote.

"While Congressman Costello and I might have disagreed on many issues, I respect and thank him for his service to our country, Commonwealth, and community", said Houlahan in a statement.

"We will work tirelessly to ensure this seat remains in Republican hands".

"But those who love me agree, and those who I love agree, with it", Costello said in a one-on-one interview.

The race moves from Lean Democratic to Likely Democratic. "It's been a very tough decision for me to make, but I think I'm making the right decision".

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.

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