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Chris Gibson Won't Run Again For Very Winnable NY-19 Seat

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Well this is interesting. Just two months after curb stomping venture capitalist Sean Edlridge by 30 almost points in a district that President Obama won twice, Chris Gibson will announce today that he won't run for re-election in 2016.

Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., will announce his retirement Tuesday, according to two GOP sources.

The Republican, who was re-elected to a third term in November, will open a competitive seat in 2016 with his departure following this Congress. President Barack Obama carried the district with 52 percent, making it a must-win for House Democrats if they want to put a dent in the GOP's historic majority this cycle.

Last year, Gibson annihilated venture capitalist Sean Eldridge, the Democratic nominee with deep pockets, by nearly 30 points.

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Sources say that Gibson is interested in running for a statewide seat in 2018, though that's a pretty steep climb these days for any Republican, no matter how popular they may be in their own backyard. I just don't see what statewide job he could win.

That said, NY-19 is now wide open and is an excellent pickup opportunity for Dems.

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