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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Surrounded by members of the House Democratic leadership, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press conference regarding the Senate's defeat of the GOP health care plan, on Capitol Hill, July 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans failed to pass a stripped-down, or 'Skinny Repeal,' version of Obamacare reform early Friday morning. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It's only February, and already a record number of Republican members of Congress have announced their retirement. According to The Atlantic, a total of 36 Republicans will not seek re-election to the House this year, as compared to just 17 Democrats.

A new CNN poll provides an explanation for why Republicans are abandoning the House in droves ahead of November's elections:

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