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 TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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 Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for Dem raises more than 0k since declaring bid for Georgia House seat Bipartisan House group heads to Camp David retreat MORE (Ga.), Don Bacon (Neb.), George HoldingGeorge Edward Bell HoldingHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 Election Day: An hour-by-hour viewer’s guide Jockeying already stepping up in House leadership fights MORE (N.C.), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 Republican Ted Budd holds off challenger to win reelection in North Carolina Election Day: An hour-by-hour viewer’s guide MORE (N.C.), Andy BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrSchumer urging ex-congressional candidate Amy McGrath to run against McConnell House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 Poll shows 25 percent view McConnell favorably, lowest among leaders in survey MORE (Ky.) and Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 GOP lawmakers offer several locations for Trump address 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 Duane HunterHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 What a year it’s been: A month-by-month look back at 2018's biggest stories MORE (Calif.) and Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for Fighting AIDS domestically and globally means pushing more evidence-based services House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE (N.Y.).

The DCCC has also singled out freshman Rep. Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race House Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 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 ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE in 2016: Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration GOP rep: Trump emergency declaration puts US in 'uncharted territory' Immigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security MORE (Texas), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoOvernight Defense: Gillibrand offers bill to let transgender troops serve | Pentagon ready to protect US personnel in Venezuela | Dems revive fight with Trump over Saudis Gillibrand introduces bipartisan bill to allow transgender military service House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE (N.Y.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland House panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales Overnight Energy: Court rules for Trump in environmental case over border wall | House bill would stop Alaska refuge drilling | Ads target Dems over Green New Deal 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 BustosAssault weapons ban push tests Dem support House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 Progressives to target Dem reps in 2020 primary fights 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 NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals MORE

California’s 50th District: Rep. Duncan Hunter

Colorado’s 3rd District: Rep. Scott TiptonScott R. TiptonHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 When it comes to drone tech, wildfire officials need the rights tools for the job Americans want to protect public lands, Congress should listen MORE

Florida’s 15th District: Rep. Ross Spano

Florida’s 18th District: Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastDems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland House panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE

Georgia’s 7th District: Rep. Rob Woodall

Iowa’s 4th District: Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Democrats need someone in ‘the Ojeda lane’ Pence on push to remove Omar from committee: Steve King saw ‘consequences’ MORE

Illinois’s 13th District: Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 GOP lawmakers offer several locations for Trump address GOP lawmaker confronted by passenger for flying first class amid shutdown MORE

Indiana’s 5th District: Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 Elise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 MORE

Kentucky’s 6th District: Rep. Andy Barr

Michigan’s 6th District: Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonBill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Dems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland House panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales MORE

Minnesota’s 1st District: Rep. Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE

Missouri’s 2nd District: Rep. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for Scalise, Wagner plan to introduce discharge petition for abortion bill House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 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 ZeldinFuror over Omar puts spotlight on AIPAC Zeldin slams Omar for 'lack of empathy' in her apology The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - All eyes on Trump after lawmakers reach spending deal MORE

New York’s 2nd District: Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingGOP lawmaker: Amazon would be moving into NY if Ocasio-Cortez wasn't elected Dems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland Assault weapons ban push tests Dem support 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 PerryHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 House passes bill expressing support for NATO McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader MORE

Pennsylvania’s 16th District: Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyCongress needs to unite and pass this key infrastructure legislation Dems build case for obtaining Trump's tax returns House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE

Texas’s 10th District: Rep. Michael McCaul

Texas’s 21st District: Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 States are moving forward with 'Medicare for all' — more power to them House passes bill expressing support for NATO MORE

Texas’s 22nd District: Rep. Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 Bipartisan bill would give government workers access to retirement funds amid shutdown MORE

Texas’s 23nd District: Rep. Will Hurd

Texas’s 24 District: Rep. Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE

Texas’s 31st District: Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for 5 House Dems likely to attract primary challengers House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE

Washington’s 3rd District: Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerHouse Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 House votes on 10th bill to reopen government MORE