(DCWatchdog.com) – The campaign arm of the Democrats in the US House of Representatives is targeting congressional districts won by candidates who were endorsed by former President Donald Trump, according to a report.
The new list of US House seats to be targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is “an aggressive move signaling their fight to expand the 2024 House map,” according to a Newsmax commentary.
The list of the DCCC, which bills itself as the only political committee dedicated solely to supporting the Democrat House members, has been revealed in reports by left-leaning news outlets NBC News and Axios.
The DCCC list of congressional districts to be targeted for Democrat takeover in the 2024 election features 31 House seats presently held by Trump-endorsed Republicans, plus two Democrat Reps will vacate—Katie Porter of California and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan.
The reports about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s come after earlier the House Democrats’ primary Super PAC earmarked 19 congressional districts.
“[Those include] six GOP incumbents it sees as particularly weak or vulnerable in safer districts,” Axios reported.
The DCCC’s list of House seats to be targeted features a mixture of “ultra-competitive districts,” areas won by President Joe Biden in 2020, and “conservative-leaning districts where the party sees a vulnerable GOP incumbent.”
The first group features New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island, including Rep. George Santos’s district.
The second group – areas Biden won – contains, for example, the seat held by GOP Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska.
The third category – of vulnerable Republican seats – features the district of Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado, who was reelected with a slight lead in November.
Some of the Republican House seats on the Democrats’ target list pointed out by Axios are those of Rep. Paulina Luna of Florida; Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, who is the chair of the Freedom Caucus; Rep. Derrick Van Orden of Wisconsin, who was at the Capitol on January 6, 2021; Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana, who “has faced residency and ethics questions.”
The Axios report notes that the Democratic Party expects a victory in Tuesday’s election for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court – which was confirmed as of Wednesday morning. The win flipped “the ideological balance” in the state’s highest court in favor of the Democrats, ending a conservative majority that held for 15 years.
Against that backdrop, Democrats are considering the seat of Rep. Bryan Steil of Wisconsin “as an opportunity.”
Nevertheless, some Republican pundits view the Democrats’ strategy to target the Trump areas as “wishful thinking.”
The report cites one GOP strategist working on House races who deems the seats of Perry, Zinke, Luna, and Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa and Maria Salazar of Florida as “solid — and unrealistic targets” for the Democratic Party.
Jack Pandol, the spokesman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, was also “bluntly skeptical.”
“Why would voters change their minds [post-2022] after Democrats spent their time in the minority coddling violent criminals and opposing relief,” he told the pro-left news outlet.
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