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 DavisThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response State and local officials beg Congress to send more election funds ahead of November The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Teachers' union President Randi Weingarten calls Trump administration plan to reopen schools 'a train wreck'; US surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases MORE (R-Ill.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinUS lawmakers call on EU to label entire Hezbollah a terrorist organization Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill GOP lawmakers voice support for Israeli plan to annex areas in West Bank MORE (R-N.Y.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickKaren Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill MORE (R-Pa.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerPentagon: 'No corroborating evidence' yet to validate troop bounty allegations Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Trump faces bipartisan calls for answers on Russian-offered bounties 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. 

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"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 HurdOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Key impeachment witness retires | Duckworth presses for information | Subpanel advances defense measure | Democrats press for end to military transgender ban Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening MORE (R-Texas), Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksDemocrat Christina Hale and Republican Victoria Spartz to face off in House race in Indiana Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries The Hill's Campaign Report: More Republican women are running for House seats MORE (R-Ind.) and Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallHouse revives floor amendments Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to limit further expansion of 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux wins Georgia House primary, avoids runoff after final count 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.