DCCC Promotes Nine Candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ Program for 2014
Posted at 5 a.m. on June 6, 2014
The DCCC Chairman is Israel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Friday its latest round of candidates in “Red to Blue,” a program that targets open-seat races and districts held by Republicans.
House Democrats must pick up 17 seats to win control of that chamber — a daunting task in a midterm election. Offensive opportunities, like those in the Red to Blue program, are vital to the party’s mission. The DCCC released its first round of 35 Red to Blue candidates earlier this year.
“All of these candidates have met and surpassed demanding campaign goals, and shown they have a path to victory and have what it takes to win,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them through November to build campaigns that give voice to all the middle class voters left behind by this Republican Congress.”
The following Democratic candidates have been added to the Red to Blue program:
Some — but not all — of the districts on the list were included in a major DCCC television advertising reservation announced last week. But those reservations are subject to change and expand as the races evolve this fall.
Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., chairs the Red to Blue program.
The committee also added five Democratic candidates to its “Emerging Races” initiative. The DCCC defines this designation of challengers as candidates “that are making themselves competitive by running smart campaigns which are becoming increasingly competitive.”
Correction: An earlier version of this report had incorrect race rating for Minnesota’s 2nd District.