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After months of speculation, arm-twisting and behind the scenes begging, Rep. John Doolittle looks like he’s calling it quits.

The decision, which must have been a taxing one, is good news for the GOP and the rest of the Republican field in the CA-04 Congressional Race.

John Bresnahan with Politico.com has more.

UPDATE: It’s official

UPDATE:  Republican Leader John Boehner issued the following statement: “John’s decision was made in the best interests of his family, his constituents, and the House, and I appreciate his years of service in Congress.  My prayers remain with John and Julie, and I wish them the best as they work to bring this difficult process to a resolution.”