U.S. House of Representatives

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Representative Trey Gowdy made a surprising announcement on Wednesday. The South Carolina Republican is quitting politics and will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Now that Congressman Mel Watt has been confirmed as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, there will soon be an open seat in the 12th district.

So far, there are at least six candidates – all African-American Democrats – who are competing for his office in a special election. When that election will take place remains unclear.