No matter what happens in November, Congress is already going to be much different in 2013.
The Washington Post says nearly 10 percent of House members are running for higher office or have announced their retirement so far, which is the highest since 1992. Retirements will hit the Senate hard as well.
Overall, the retirements have hurt Democrats more, with 15 of the 25 House retirements and six of the 10 Senate retirements coming at their expense.
While the retirements have stacked up in both chambers, though, the actual impact on the election will be much more pronounced in the Senate.
While only a handful of the 25 House retirements come from districts that will be competitive this year, most of the 10 retirements in the Senate come in swing (or semi-swing) states.
In the House, fewer than 10 of the 25 retirements are occurring in districts that could change hands. What’s more, because of redistricting, about half of those members were likely to lose anyway.