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Updated, 1:51 p.m. | Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., will retire at the end of the year, he announced Thursday in a statement.
“It is with deep appreciation for that privilege that I announce that this will be my final term in office and that I will not run for reelection in November,” he said in a release.
Hastings is the 18th member of Congress to announce retirement this term, according to Roll Call’s Casualty List. GOP Rep. Gary G. Miller of California announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election. Though a host of high-profile lawmakers have said they will step down lately, it’s not close to the records set by previous Congresses.
It is unlikely Hastings’ 4th District will become competitive in an open-seat race. Mitt Romney carried the seat in 2012 by a 22-point margin.