House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020

House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020
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The House Democrats’ campaign arm on Monday unveiled its initial list of Republican targets as Democrats work to protect their House majority in 2020.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced it’ll initially focus on 33 GOP-held districts that range from key swing districts to districts that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE easily carried in 2016 but now may be within reach.

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Many of these 2020 targets were also key seats in the 2018 cycle, including GOP Reps. Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat House candidate asks FEC to let her use campaign funds for health insurance House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts MORE (Ga.), Don Bacon (Neb.), George HoldingGeorge Edward Bell HoldingThe 14 other key races to watch on Super Tuesday GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts House GOP vows to use impeachment to cut into Democratic majority MORE (N.C.), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Top conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill Boosting resource officers will help curb school violence MORE (N.C.), Andy BarrAndy Hale BarrMcGrath outraises McConnell in first quarter Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads MORE (Ky.) and Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotPelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing House GOP introduces bill to secure voter registration systems against foreign hacking DCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements MORE (Ohio).

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The DCCC is making a big early bet on Texas after Democrats made two gains in House seats in suburban Houston and Dallas. The committee is targeting six GOP representatives in seats that Democrats lost by only a few points in 2018.

The committee is also putting targets on two GOP lawmakers under federal indictment, including Reps. Duncan HunterDuncan HunterNew poll shows tight race in key California House race Congressionally created commission recommends requiring that women register for draft Former Rep. Duncan Hunter sentenced to 11 months in prison MORE (Calif.) and Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsHouse bill would ban stock trading by members of Congress Former Rep. Chris Collins sentenced to 2 years in prison for insider trading GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts MORE (N.Y.).

The DCCC has also singled out freshman Rep. Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Top conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill DCCC targets House GOP members over Trump administration response to coronavirus MORE (R-Fla.), who acknowledged after his election in November that he “may have been in violation” of campaign finance law by using $180,000 in loans from friends for his congressional campaign.

The DCCC will also be targeting the three GOP lawmakers remaining in districts won by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden releases plans to expand Medicare, forgive student debt The Memo: Sanders's influence endures as campaign ends The two infectious diseases spreading across America MORE in 2016: Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGarth Brooks accepts Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Texas kicks off critical battle for House control Gun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 MORE (Texas), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoDemocrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus To fight the rising tide of hate in our country, we must stop bias-based bullying in the classroom Hillicon Valley: House passes key surveillance bill | Paul, Lee urge Trump to kill FISA deal | White House seeks help from tech in coronavirus fight | Dem urges Pence to counter virus misinformation MORE (N.Y.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDemocrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' This week: Trump's budget lands with a thud on Capitol Hill House approves pro-union labor bill MORE (Pa.).

“We have a clear path to expanding our Democratic Majority, and by putting our plans in motion earlier in the cycle than ever before, we are demonstrating to Democrats across the country that the political arm of House Democrats is operating in high gear from the start,” said DCCC Chairwoman Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDemocrats ask Trump for evidence that medical supplies are available Annual Congressional Dinner pushed back to June amid coronavirus concerns Internal Democratic research shows Hispanics energized to vote in November MORE (Ill.).

“By recruiting the best candidates, raising the resources needed to equip them with top-notch campaigns, and drawing a clear contrast between our work to strengthen hardworking families with the Washington Republicans’ agenda of blocking progress, we will build a Majority that lasts well into the future.”

Still, Democrats will be tasked with defending their newly won House majority, which includes dozens of challenging districts that have a history of trending more Republican. They’ll also be fighting to protect the 31 districts that Trump carried in 2016.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) will be playing offense in those 31 districts as well as looking to protect the three GOP lawmakers in Clinton districts.

Republicans will also be looking to rebound in many of these suburban districts where Trump remains unpopular among many female and college-educated voters.

Here’s the DCCC’s full list of 33 GOP targets:

Arizona’s 6th District: Rep. Dave Schweikert

California’s 22nd District: Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesCalifornia governor responds to Nunes on canceling school: 'We'll continue to listen to the experts' Nunes claims it would be 'way overkill' to cancel school year in California due to coronavirus Trump steps up intensity in battle with media MORE

California’s 50th District: Rep. Duncan Hunter

Colorado’s 3rd District: Rep. Scott TiptonScott R. TiptonDemocrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill This week: House to vote on Turkey sanctions bill House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE

Florida’s 15th District: Rep. Ross Spano

Florida’s 18th District: Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastGOP congressman gets round of applause for remarks praising American strength Bipartisan lawmakers ask NIH for information on 'disturbing' studies on monkeys Overnight Defense: Lawmakers clash during Pompeo hearing on Iran | Trump touts Taliban deal ahead of signing | Trump sued over plan to use Pentagon funds for border wall MORE

Georgia’s 7th District: Rep. Rob Woodall

Iowa’s 4th District: Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingTop conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill Castro forms PAC, boosts five House candidates Man sentenced for throwing glass of water at Steve King MORE

Illinois’s 13th District: Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisPandemic sparks partisan brawl over voting by mail House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans Hillicon Valley: Coronavirus tracking sparks surveillance concerns | Target delivery workers plan Tuesday walkout | Federal agency expedites mail-in voting funds to states | YouTube cracks down on 5G conspiracy videos MORE

Indiana’s 5th District: Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 Hispanic Democrats endorse Latina for open Indiana seat Trump shocks, earns GOP rebukes with Dingell remarks MORE

Kentucky’s 6th District: Rep. Andy Barr

Michigan’s 6th District: Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonOvernight Defense: Pentagon curtails more exercises over coronavirus | House passes Iran war powers measure | Rocket attack hits Iraqi base with US troops House passes measure limiting Trump's ability to take military action against Iran House passes .3 billion measure to fight coronavirus MORE

Minnesota’s 1st District: Rep. Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornMinnesota congressman diagnosed with cancer House GOP introduces bill to secure voter registration systems against foreign hacking DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program MORE

Missouri’s 2nd District: Rep. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerBottom line Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Members of House GOP leadership self-quarantining after first lawmakers test positive MORE

North Carolina’s 2nd District: Rep. George Holding

North Carolina’s 9th District: Open

North Carolina’s 13th District: Rep. Ted Budd

Nebraska’s 2nd District: Rep. Don Bacon

New York’s 1st District:  Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Sanders: 'Unfair to simply say everything is bad' in Cuba under Castro Trump allies blast Romney over impeachment vote: 'A sore loser' MORE

New York’s 2nd District: Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingJohn Kerry: GOP lawmaker against coronavirus package 'tested positive for being an ---hole' Lawmakers highlight flights back to DC for huge coronavirus vote Trump flexes pardon power with high-profile clemencies MORE

New York’s 24th District: Rep. John Katko

New York’s 27th District: Rep. Chris Collins

Ohio’s 1st District: Rep. Steve Chabot

Pennsylvania’s 1st District: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick

Pennsylvania’s 10th District: Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryTop conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill House Republicans press Trump officials on plans to contain coronavirus at border DCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements MORE

Pennsylvania’s 16th District: Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyFlorida Republican becomes sixth member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus House chairwoman diagnosed with 'presumed' coronavirus infection Capitol officials extend suspension of tourist access until May MORE

Texas’s 10th District: Rep. Michael McCaul

Texas’s 21st District: Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyTop conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on .2T stimulus after mad dash to Washington Conservative lawmakers tell Trump to 'back off' attacks on GOP colleague MORE

Texas’s 22nd District: Rep. Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonKulkarni wins Texas House Democratic primary Former sheriff, GOP mega-donor headed to runoff in Texas GOP race Pierce Bush: A second heir to the Bush legacy shifts right to win MORE

Texas’s 23nd District: Rep. Will Hurd

Texas’s 24 District: Rep. Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantLatina underdog for Texas House seat picks up steam Texas kicks off critical battle for House control Gun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 MORE

Texas’s 31st District: Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterHegar advances to Democratic runoff in Texas Senate race The 14 other key races to watch on Super Tuesday Gun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 MORE

Washington’s 3rd District: Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Washington state lawmakers warn health workers running low on protective gear Pelosi: 'I tore up a manifesto of mistruth' MORE