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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 TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media 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 WoodallMcCarthy guarantees GOP will take back House in 2022 Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Bustos won't seek to chair DCCC again in wake of 2020 results MORE (Ga.), Don Bacon (Neb.), George HoldingGeorge Edward Bell HoldingHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Lara Trump leading Republicans in 2022 North Carolina Senate poll Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE (N.C.), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Here are the Republicans planning to challenge the Electoral College results Growing number of GOP lawmakers back Electoral College challenge MORE (N.C.), Andy BarrAndy BarrHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Energy issues rule allowing companies to develop own efficiency tests for products | GOP lawmakers push back on Federal Reserve's climate risk efforts GOP lawmakers push back on Federal Reserve's climate risk efforts MORE (Ky.) and Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Top GOP lawmaker touts 'more flexible' PPP loans in bipartisan proposal 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 HunterGOP senator on Trump pardons: 'It is legal, it is constitutional, but I think it's a misuse of the power' Nothing becomes Donald Trump's presidency like his leaving it Pardoning elected officials sends the wrong message MORE (Calif.) and Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsGOP senator on Trump pardons: 'It is legal, it is constitutional, but I think it's a misuse of the power' Nothing becomes Donald Trump's presidency like his leaving it Pardoning elected officials sends the wrong message MORE (N.Y.).

The DCCC has also singled out freshman Rep. Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoGOP keeps control of Florida House seat held by Rep. Ross Spano 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night The Hill's Morning Report - Jill Biden urges country to embrace her husband 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 ClintonFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Millennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet MORE in 2016: Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse poised to override Trump veto for first time Lawmakers call for including creation of Latino, women's history museums in year-end spending deal House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE (Texas), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoNY Republican says cybersecurity will be a high priority for Homeland Security panel Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE (N.Y.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment GOP lawmakers introduce resolution to censure Trump over Capitol riot Kinzinger says he'll vote to impeach Trump 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 BustosFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker AOC v. Pelosi: Round 12? 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 NunesCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Bill Belichick turns down Medal of Freedom from Trump Trump gives Medal of Freedom to House ally Jim Jordan MORE

California’s 50th District: Rep. Duncan Hunter

Colorado’s 3rd District: Rep. Scott TiptonScott R. TiptonDemocrats press to bar lawmakers from carrying guns in the Capitol House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Newly elected Colorado Republican wants to carry her gun in the Capitol: report MORE

Florida’s 15th District: Rep. Ross Spano

Florida’s 18th District: Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastTapper battles GOP lawmakers over criticism of Afghan vet's Electoral College vote Republican war veteran gives Guard troops a tour of the Capitol LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to impeach Trump after Capitol insurrection MORE

Georgia’s 7th District: Rep. Rob Woodall

Iowa’s 4th District: Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingFormer Iowa House candidate calls on Democrats to build party's 'long-term vision' Feenstra wins Iowa House race to fill Steve King's seat Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll MORE

Illinois’s 13th District: Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisGOP divided over Liz Cheney's future Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots Cori Bush slams lawmakers who refused to go through metal detector outside House chamber MORE

Indiana’s 5th District: Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksBottom line House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Voters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican MORE

Kentucky’s 6th District: Rep. Andy Barr

Michigan’s 6th District: Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonUpton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Kinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote MORE

Minnesota’s 1st District: Rep. Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Hagedorn holds onto Minnesota House seat Chamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night MORE

Missouri’s 2nd District: Rep. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerTrump era bows out with scorched-earth drama in divided GOP Democrats projected to retain House majority Live updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage 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 ZeldinGOP divided over Liz Cheney's future READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Rep. Lee Zeldin fends off Democratic opponent in New York MORE

New York’s 2nd District: Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingTop GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee Republican Garbarino wins election to replace retiring Rep. Pete King Katko announces bid to serve as top Republican on Homeland Security panel 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 PerryDemocrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege New Jersey Democrat thinks she contracted coronavirus during Capitol siege MORE

Pennsylvania’s 16th District: Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Here are the Republicans planning to challenge the Electoral College results On The Money: Congress passes bill to avert shutdown as coronavirus talks drag into weekend | Federal Reserve fight imperils relief talks MORE

Texas’s 10th District: Rep. Michael McCaul

Texas’s 21st District: Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyGOP divided over Liz Cheney's future Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots GOP senators blame Trump after mob overruns Capitol MORE

Texas’s 22nd District: Rep. Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Republican Fort Bend County Sheriff wins Texas House seat 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night MORE

Texas’s 23nd District: Rep. Will Hurd

Texas’s 24 District: Rep. Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantRepublican Van Duyne wins race for Texas House seat Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats Democrats seek wave to bolster House majority MORE

Texas’s 31st District: Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit GOP's Carter fends off challenge in Texas MORE

Washington’s 3rd District: Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerUpton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Kinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote MORE