House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad

House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad
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The House Democrats' campaign arm is taking aim at Republican incumbents in four districts in new ads unveiled Tuesday. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) ads target Reps. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisTrump says election proposals in coronavirus stimulus bill would hurt Republican chances Hillicon Valley: Facebook reports huge spike in usage during pandemic | Democrats push for mail-in voting funds in coronavirus stimulus | Trump delays deadline to acquire REAL ID Democrats press for more stimulus funding to boost mail-in voting MORE (R-Ill.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinSanders: 'Unfair to simply say everything is bad' in Cuba under Castro Trump allies blast Romney over impeachment vote: 'A sore loser' 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 MORE (R-N.Y.), 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 (R-Pa.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers urge EU to sanction Putin associate for election interference Blagojevich calls himself a 'Trumpocrat,' praises Trump after release from prison Sanders slams Trump pardons as part of 'broken and racist criminal justice system' MORE (R-Ill.),  all of whom are on the DCCC's "retirement watch list," according to a statement first obtained exclusively by The Hill. 

The four congressmen were added to the group's list earlier this month. 


"These ads serve to remind Congressmen Davis, Kinzinger, Zeldin, and Fitzpatrick of the better life so many of their colleagues are choosing, rather than return to life in the minority in Washington," DCCC spokesman Cole Leiter said in a statement. 

The Cook Political Report rates Zeldin, Davis and Fitzpatrick's districts as competitive districts that lean Republican. Kinzinger represents Illinois's 16th Congressional District, which is not listed as a competitive race on the Cook Political Report.

News of the ads come as Democrats look to expand their majority in the House in 2020, while Republicans aim to take back the majority in the lower chamber despite a recent wave of retirements. 

A number of House Republicans have announced they will not seek reelection in 2020, including 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 (R-Texas), 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 (R-Ind.) and 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 (R-Ga.). 

The retirements have sparked fear in GOP circles that party will be put on the defensive and that more exits could be on the horizon.