Rep. Ron Kind announces retirement in boon to GOP's House hopes

Rep. Ron Kind, a senior Democrat in one of the most competitive swing seats, will not seek reelection — a gutting blow to House Democrats in their uphill battle to hang onto their majority next November.
The Wisconsin congressman announced his decision Tuesday afternoon, telling reporters, “I’ve run out of gas” after 13 terms in office.
“I had to face a serious job review every two years for 26 years,” Kind said, standing beside by his wife and children.
Kind, who has spent nearly 25 years in the House, faced a closer-than-expected race in his sprawling rural Wisconsin seat last fall. He beat his GOP challenger Derrick Van Orden by less than 3 percentage points in 2020, after winning by nearly 20 points the previous cycle.
Democrats close to Kind said he acknowledged his reelection would be tougher this year, with Van Orden, a retired Navy SEAL, seeking a rematch. The GOP candidate

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By Ally Mutnick, Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris

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