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March 27, 2015

NRCC Announces Top Targets for 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday released a list of the top seven Democratic-held House seats the committee plans to target in 2014, as it moves to go on offense despite having to defend the second-largest GOP House majority since World War II.

All of the targeted districts are Republican-leaning at the presidential level but have candidates who survived 2012 in spite of President Barack Obama being at the top of the ticket.

The districts are:

In the memo, the NRCC Executive Director Liesl Hickey wrote, “These Democrats all share something in common: They do not fit their districts.”

Maybe. But Members such as Barrow, Matheson, McIntyre and Rahall have made long careers of surviving — in spite their party affiliation that is out of sync with their district’s presidential results.

And, of course, there are Republican Members in the same position. Just ask GOP Rep. Gary G. Miller of California, for example. He begins the 113th Congress as perhaps its most vulnerable member, in a strongly Obama-voting district.

With the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the NRCC on offense and a handful of competitive House races already on the horizon, Republicans and Democrats are getting ready to rumble — and it’s only January of the off year.


    Actually this would be the third largest GOP majority since WWII (Not counting the 1946 class). After 5 party changes and a special election pickup, the GOP went into the 1996 election defending 236 seats.

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