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February 7, 2016

Democrats Announce House Targets for 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rolled out the first 35 districts of its “Red to Blue” program Monday, highlighting the GOP-held seats the party believes it can flip and open seats it hopes to keep in the Democratic column in the 2014 midterms.

Needing to net 17 seats to win back the House majority, the announcement makes clear where the party believes its most important fights will take place.

“This is our initial roll out,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said Monday morning on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown.” “There will be more, and we will have a very competitive battlefield as we go deeper into the cycle.”

Sixteen candidates who achieved “aggressive fundraising, organization and infrastructure goals,” according to the DCCC, were listed by name as top recruits in targeted districts. Among the candidates included were:

  • Former Capitol Hill aide Amanda Renteria, a Democrat challenging Rep. David Valadao in California’s competitive 21st District, located in the Central Valley
  • Former judge Ann Callis, who is seeking to oust freshman GOP Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois’ 13th District. Callis faces a March 18 primary with physics professor George Gollin
  • Former New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia, looking to take on Republican Rep. Michael Grimm in New York’s 11th District. Grimm, who came under fire recently after he threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony after the State of the Union, represents a district President Barack Obama carried in 2012
  • Former state Speaker Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat seeking to oust GOP Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th District. Obama carried the 6th District by a 5-point margin in 2012
  • Attorney Gwen Graham, who is challenging Republican Rep. Steve Southerland II in Florida’s 2nd District. Graham is the daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla.

The DCCC singled out 12 other candidates for its “Emerging Races” program who are “making themselves competitive by running smart campaigns which are becoming increasingly competitive.” Among the candidates listed are venture capitalist Sean Eldridge in New York’s 19th District, and attorney Bill Hughes Jr., running in New Jersey’s 2nd District. Both are challenging incumbents.

Three races with multiple Democratic candidates were listed as Red to Blue districts, including California’s 31st District, Maine’s 2nd District and Iowa’s 1st District. Only the California district is a pickup opportunity. Four districts dubbed “Emerging Districts” were Michigan’s 11th District, North Carolina’s 2nd District, and Pennsylvania’s 6th and 8th districts.

On “Daily Rundown,” Israel said the government shutdown in October — which for a few weeks altered the perception of whether Democrats could conceivably gain control of the House in 2014 — proves that having candidates in place in competitively drawn districts will be key to Democrats’ strategy in November.

“If three weeks can make a difference in the environment, who knows what the next eight months will bring,” Israel said.

The other Red to Blue candidates included in the DCCC’s initial list were:

  • former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays in Arkansas’ open 2nd District
  • former State Sen. Staci Appel in Iowa’s open 3rd District
  • retired Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon in Michigan’s 1st District
  • former state Rep. Pam Byrnes in Michigan’s 7th District
  • former Capitol Hill aide John Lewis running for Montana’s At-Large District
  • attorney Roxanne Lara running in New Mexico’s 2nd District
  • Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard running in New Jersey’s open 3rd District
  • Democratic National Committeewoman Erin Bilbray running in Nevada’s 3rd District
  • prosecutor Kathleen Rice running in New York’s 4th District
  • Tomkins County Legislator Martha Robertson running in New York’s 23rd District
  • Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust running in Virginia’s 10th District

All of the candidates and districts included can be found here.

  • ShadrachSmith

    And the theme will be the evil in the hearts of Republicans?

    Or, will they run on their accomplishments, like Obamacare?

  • conservativechick

    I thought the Dems had given up on the House? Just keeping up appearances I suppose.

  • foxnewslieseveryday

    You “suppose” wrong silly lady.

  • Chris

    “Targets”. Much like Hitler discussed “offensives” with his generals as his armies were being decimated.

  • A Patriot

    Keep dreaming Democrats. The House is ours. If we can win the senate we can slow the Monster and perhaps our children and grand children will have a chance.

  • Glenn Koons

    I await the Roll Call article showing us just who the RNC has targeted in Dem House races. The Dems will have to really pile up the domestic and foreign policy lies to make sure the Moron Voters elect them again. And if they do, then America loses its Republic and Constitution. Perhaps it will not go that way but it will go in Nov. much like 2010. IF so, we still have a chance to survive these socialist tyrannies.

  • teapartyidiots

    Grimm and Coffman are definitely killable, as is Davis. Davis beat a perennial candidate backed by Occupy and Move On by less than one point. A moderate candidate will wipe the floor with him.

  • teapartyidiots

    As I prepare for my ultrasound wand rape….

  • Ocean Sprayz

    In this article we find communistic liberal democrat Peter Orszag openly waging ideological warfare against our sacred Constitution:

  • Molon Labe R’ Us

    Just like the ‘president’ you are a liar (or just clueless), the ‘tea partiers’ are the working Americans who don’t want to live in a communist country where the government controls every single solitary facet of everyone’s lives.

  • rite99

    Red to Blue, shame on you. Obummer have got Dems. running away away from that destructive party like it was the plague.

  • rite99

    The TP are the working class, that’s why we care, we are midddle America and Obummers social justice BS has just about ruined our country.

  • foxnewslieseveryday

    Baseless assertions and more whining from angry white folks who can’t seem to win a national election

  • jennylingpo

    Grimm is not killable in any way shape or form. 75% of his district lies in Staten Island, and Grimm is the only Staten Islander running. Since 1982, four Democrats and two Republicans from Brooklyn or Manhattan ran against incumbents for Congress on Staten Island and they all lost badly. Grimm’s opponent Recchia will meet the same fate, especially because he voted to increase property taxes 18.5% in the City Council, which is tantamount to political death on Staten Island, where 80% are homeowners.

  • teapartyidiots

    Some of that is valid, since Grimm has lost the Brooklyn part of his district by high double digits every time and it doesn’t help.

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