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U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, moderate GOP voice, to resign in May

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, moderate GOP voice, to resign in May

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania) will leave office in May, he announced Tuesday morning, hastening his planned departure from Congress.

Dent, regularly sought out by national media outlets as one of Congress’ leading centrist voices and a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, had already said he was not seeking re-election this year. A busy primary was already underway to replace him in his Allentown-based district. But his departure next month will open up a congressional seat and remove his voice from the daily fray even sooner.

The vacancy could also trigger another special election — though it’s unclear whether it would occur before November’s general...

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