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South Carolina Republican Won't Seek Reelection—But He May Have His Eyes On A Different Seat

If you're a Republican in Congress, it seems leaving is the cool thing to do. Trey Gowdy, who gained political prominence from his investigative roles during the Benghazi and Hillary Clinton email scandals, has announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2018. He instead said his intentions were to return to the justice system. Gowdy is one of an unusually high number of Republicans who will not be returning after the 2018 midterms. 

Gowdy was a rising star amongst Republicans, and was at one point even considered a dark horse candidate for Speaker of the House.

There's a record number of Republicans choosing not to run again in the midterm elections.

Gowdy's intentions aren't hard to figure out...

For liberals, the situation is rather bittersweet.

Gowdy's appointment may not be a sure thing, however.

The moral of the story: Trey Gowdy may be leaving Congress, but Americans haven't seen the last of him. Far from it.

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