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 DavisHouse passes bill meant to restore Voting Rights Act Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy GOP criticizes Pelosi for sidelining election security for impeachment MORE (R-Ill.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinTrump signs executive order combating anti-Semitism on campuses Lawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (R-N.Y.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickOvernight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases Billboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving Mark Ruffalo brings fight against 'forever chemicals' to Capitol Hill MORE (R-Pa.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Honoring service before self House approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump 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 HurdGroup of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' CNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment Republicans preview impeachment defense strategy MORE (R-Texas), Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today Oregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden won't seek reelection Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 MORE (R-Ind.) and Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 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.