That’s the number of U.S. House members presently serving in the 112th Congress who aren’t defending their seats in the Nov. 6 general election because they are retiring, seeking some other office or were defeated in the primary election.
The 50 members include 29 Democrats and 21 Republicans.
The list grew by two yesterday, after the defeats of Democrats Hansen Clarke of Michigan and Russ Carnahan of Missouri in matchups against other House members as a result of changes in redistricting. Clarke, a freshman from Detroit, lost BY 47 percent to 35 percent to Gary Peters, who’s in his second term. Carnahan, a member of a storied Missouri Democratic political family, was beaten BY 63 percent to 34 percent by Lacy Clay, who entered Congress in 2001 by succeeding his father.
With the Clarke and Carnahan losses, 10 House members have lost their seats to other members in the primaries as a result of redistricting.
That’s the most since 1992, when 19 House members were unseated in the primaries, including four to other members.