Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has announced via Facebook that he will not run for re-election in 2018. The politician has been under fire for the last few months after a few controversial quotes and local town hall meetings that angered many of his constituents. “For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy,” he wrote. “I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins.”
It’s unclear whether that’s true. Democratic opposition has been bubbling, and a local Utah doctor named Kathryn Allen has already raised a record-breaking amount of money to challenge him. Now that Chaffetz is out of the race, it makes a Democratic upset perhaps even more likely. You can read my coverage of Dr. Allen’s historic bid here.