An official announcement is expected to come Thursday.
Butterfield would be the second major North Carolina Democrat to retire following Rep. David Price.
BREAKING: Source confirms longtime Congressman @GKButterfield told his staff he’s retiring & will not seek re-election; announcement to come tomorrow. Second major @NCDemParty Leader to retire after @RepDavidEPrice. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @rickklein @rachelvscott #ncpol pic.twitter.com/nnrUGTXZKi— Jonah Kaplan (@KaplanABC11) November 17, 2021
Butterfield has long represented a majority-minority district that was redrawn by North Carolina Republicans in the latest redistricting, putting his seat in jeopardy. Butterfield has long enjoyed overwhelming re-election victories in his heavily left-leaning district.
The decision appears to be an about-face for Butterfield, who told ABC11 earlier this month that he would seek re-election and would fight to stay in power.
"I do plan to run again. I'm going to give it everything that I have," he told ABC11's Joel Brown. Butterfield was first elected in 2004.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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