Pennsylvania Republican Costello won't seek reelection

Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloTrump struggles to stay on script, frustrating GOP again Bottom line Former GOP Rep. Costello launches lobbying shop MORE (R) on Sunday announced he wouldn't seek reelection in his Pennsylvania district in the upcoming midterm elections, in another blow to the GOP as fears mount over the possibility of a Democratic sweep in November.

“It was a combination of factors,” Costello told the Daily Local News of West Chester, Pa. “It has been a deeply personal decision and evaluation."

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“But those who love me agree and those who I love agree with it,” he said, according to the news outlet. “I will not be running for re-election.”

He went on to cite the "very angry" political environment as one of his reasons for the decision.

“Whether it’s [President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE’s alleged affair with adult-film star] Stormy Daniels, or passing an omnibus spending bill that the president threatens to veto after promising to sign, it’s very difficult to move forward in a constructive way today,” Costello told the Daily Local News.

The announcement comes days after the Supreme Court denied a request to block the implementation of a new court-ordered map in the state, a move that Republicans fear gives Democrats a significant boost in Pennsylvania in the midterms.

In a separate interview on Sunday with MSNBC's "Kasie DC," Costello said his choice not to run was "the most difficult decision I can recall having to make" and that the state Supreme Court's decision to invalidate the old district map led him to not seek reelection.

Following his announcement, the Cook Political Report moved Costello's district from "toss up" to "likely Dem."

Rumors surfaced recently that Costello wouldn't seek reelection, and he reportedly met with former 6th District Rep. Jim Gerlach (R) and the state GOP chairman to discuss his decision on Friday.

Other Pennsylvania Republicans, including Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusCNN's Tapper tried to talk GOP candidate out of running against Democratic incumbent: report Lobbying world Conor Lamb gets 2020 challenger touted by Trump MORE and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum DCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program MORE, also face tough reelections under the new map, which has led Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) to tweet that the state's GOP is "now in a world of trouble."

The state's congressional map has been a source of controversy after the state Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional. The court eventually drew its own map when the GOP-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor were unable to agree on new district lines.

Republicans have been challenging the map in court, arguing the state Supreme Court did not give them enough time to rework the map. But their efforts to block the map have been repeatedly rebuffed.