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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial 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 WoodallHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Trump shocks, earns GOP rebukes with Dingell remarks House panel sets guidelines for historic impeachment vote MORE (Ga.), Don Bacon (Neb.), George HoldingGeorge Edward Bell HoldingGOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts House GOP vows to use impeachment to cut into Democratic majority Mark Walker mulling 2022 Senate bid, won't seek reelection in the House MORE (N.C.), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddKoch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says The Hill's Morning Report - Vulnerable Dems are backing Trump impeachment The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats worry about diversity on next debate stage MORE (N.C.), Andy BarrAndy Hale BarrOn the Trail: Forget the pundits, more electoral votes could be in play in 2020 Mnuchin to lawmakers: 'I'm highly encouraged you will' pass Trump's North America trade deal Kentucky Democrat moves closer to McConnell challenge MORE (Ky.) and Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotKoch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says Judiciary Committee abruptly postpones vote on articles of impeachment Parties clash as impeachment articles move closer to House vote 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 HunterDemocrats running to replace Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins vow to support ethics package California governor won't call special election for Duncan Hunter's seat Rep. Duncan Hunter plans to resign next week MORE (Calif.) and Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsFormer Rep. Chris Collins sentenced to 2 years in prison for insider trading GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Democrats running to replace Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins vow to support ethics package MORE (N.Y.).

The DCCC has also singled out freshman Rep. Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoLawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death GOP Rep. Ross Spano under investigation by Justice Department House Ethics Committee reviewing two GOP lawmakers over campaign finance 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 ClintonCollins walks impeachment tightrope Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party Hill.TV's Krystal Ball knocks Clinton's 'mean girl' comments against Sanders MORE in 2016: Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Hurd says Democrats, media are being manipulated by Iran MORE (Texas), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoHouse Democrats request briefings on Iranian cyber threats from DHS, FCC US officials, lawmakers warn of potential Iranian cyberattacks House votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap MORE (N.Y.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHouse revives agenda after impeachment storm Former Pennsylvania Rep. Fitzpatrick dead at 56 Republicans came to the table on climate this year 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 Bustos Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts 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 NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism 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 MastDemocrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill A new way to address veteran and military suicides VA might not be able to end veteran homelessness, but we shouldn't stop trying MORE

Georgia’s 7th District: Rep. Rob Woodall

Iowa’s 4th District: Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingNebraska Democratic Party Chair: Rural vote should be 'bedrock' of party With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Steve King challenger: 2020 Democrats have 'huge' opportunity to win over rural America MORE

Illinois’s 13th District: Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisTechnical glitch results in hundreds of invalid voter registrations in Illinois Both sides of the aisle call for local, state, federal cooperation on homelessness Voting equipment companies throw weight behind enhanced disclosures 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 UptonThe rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 The Memo: Impeachment's scars cut deep with Trump, say those who know him Hillary Clinton defends Dingell as 'everything that Trump is not' MORE

Minnesota’s 1st District: Rep. Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornLawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show Minnesota Democrat sets up rematch in competitive House race Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all MORE

Missouri’s 2nd District: Rep. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerGOP can beat Democrats after impeachment — but it needs to do this one thing Group of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' Mnuchin expresses concerns about proposed taxes on financial trades 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 ZeldinRepublicans take aim at Nadler for saying GOP senators complicit in 'cover-up' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE

New York’s 2nd District: Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingLawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Democrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues 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 PerryKoch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says Overnight Health Care: New drug price hikes set stage for 2020 fight | Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi drug plan | Study finds Medicaid expansion improved health in Southern states Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi's drug pricing plan MORE

Pennsylvania’s 16th District: Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyEven in a time of impeachment, health care is on the agenda Top moments from historic House impeachment debate GOP lawmaker compares impeachment to Pearl Harbor MORE

Texas’s 10th District: Rep. Michael McCaul

Texas’s 21st District: Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyBudget watchdogs howl over deficit-ballooning deals Democrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill Congressional Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses two Texas Democrats MORE

Texas’s 22nd District: Rep. Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Overnight Energy: Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel | GOP lawmakers push back on bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners | Green groups sue Trump over California fracking plans Republicans push back on bipartisan bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners MORE

Texas’s 23nd District: Rep. Will Hurd

Texas’s 24 District: Rep. Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantHouse GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment Ethics sends memo to lawmakers on SCIF etiquette Ethics panel investigating Rep. Hastings over relationship with staffer MORE

Texas’s 31st District: Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterDemocrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families America's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act MORE

Washington’s 3rd District: Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerDemocrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices MORE