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Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster says she won’t seek re-election in N.H. swing district

by NBC News

Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat in a competitive New Hampshire district, announced Wednesday she won’t seek re-election in 2024.

She was first elected in 2012 and is currently the chair of the moderate New Democrat Coalition. Kuster, 67, said she’ll stay in office through the end of her term in January 2025.

Her decision could make the seat competitive in the 2024 House elections, creating an opportunity for Republicans in the swing district. The state’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Nashua and Concord, leans Democrat by just 2 points, according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index.

“This work has been many things — rewarding, frustrating, inspiring, and challenging. But, more than anything, it has been an honor,” Kuster said in a statement. “As I look to the future, I am excited by the work and opportunities that lie ahead. We all have a role to play in standing up for what we believe in, advocating for a better future, and pursuing the change that we want to see. I always said I was not going to stay in Congress forever — I will not be seeking re-election in 2024.”

A source close to Kuster said she is “focused on flipping the House” this fall and getting the New Democrat Coalition candidates and vulnerable members elected back to Congress. “For the rest of the Congress she will be pouring all of her energy into that goal,” the source said. “It’s also time for her, and her and her family.”

Kuster’s retirement comes in the wake of Democratic drama in New Hampshire after the national party revamped the 2024 nominating calendar and stripped the state of its cherished first-in-the-nation primary status this year.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., issued a statement praising Kuster’s work.

“Her record of public service and delivering for New Hampshire is unmatched,” DelBene said. “I am constantly in awe of and inspired by her courage and will miss her as a colleague and friend. With her help,…

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