Montana Democratic State Rep. Laurie Bishop announced on Wednesday that she is suspending her campaign for Congress due to redistricting and will instead run for reelection of her seat in the state House.
Bishop’s news follows a week after the state’s redistricting completion that would make her bid for Congress more difficult as it left her hometown of Livington outside of her district.
In the ol’ inbox: State Rep. Laurie Bishop (D), who was running in the new western Montana district, is ending her campaign. She had raised $116k last quarter. pic.twitter.com/uudOhCHBtP
— Kirk A. Bado (@kirk_bado) November 17, 2021
“Public service has always been at the heart of my decision to run for Congress, and at this moment, the most important way for me to be of service is by continuing to lead our caucus at the state level,” Bishop said in the statement.
“I am so thankful to have this opportunity and grateful for everyone who joined us. We ran a campaign focused on people, and I’m so proud of the work we were able to accomplish in just a few months,” she added.
In the last quarter, Bishop had raised roughly $116,000 and saw contributions from over 1,300 people, according to Breitbart News.
Some GOP leaders see the move as part of the red wave of success the party is experiencing following losses in 2020. The 2021 election saw many Republicans win over Democrats, including major victories in Virginia.
The numbers are not looking good for Democrats to keep power in the House in 2022. If not, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be out of her role, opening the door back to GOP leadership.