CNNが報告した in July that Republicans were considering breaking up Cooper’s district
, which could help them gain another crucial seat in the House
In an interview at the time, Cooper acknowledged that Republicans could effectively decide his political fate and warned that they may weaken Nashville’s influence in Washington.
“They couldn’t beat me fairly,” Cooper told CNN. “そう, now they’re trying to beat me by gerrymandering.”
In a longer statement released on Tuesday, クーパーは言った, “Despite my strength at the polls, I could not stop the General Assembly from dismembering Nashville. No one tried harder to keep our city whole. I explored every possible way, including lawsuits, to stop the gerrymandering and to win one of the three new congressional districts that now divide Nashville.”
だが, he continued on to say, “there’s no way, at least for me in this election cycle, but there may be a path for other worthy candidates.”
Cooper said that he decided to announce his decision “promptly so that others have more time to campaign.”
He also said that he plans to return individual contributions he has received “for this race so that donors can redirect them as they choose.”
This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.