House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020

House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020
© Aaron Schwartz

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is reportedly expanding its 2020 target list, taking aim at six more districts won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE in 2016. 

The districts are Florida's 16th District, Iowa's 2nd District, Michigan's 3rd District, Ohio's 12th District, Virginia's 5th District and Montana's at-large district. 

News of the latest additions to the committee's target list was first reported by Roll Call. 

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The newest targets include the seat held by Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashThe Hill's Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 Amash decides against Libertarian campaign for president The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - In reversal, Trump says he won't disband coronavirus task force MORE (I-Mich.), who formally left the GOP last month, as well as the seat held by Democratic Iowa Rep. Dave LoebsackDavid (Dave) Wayne LoebsackHouse Democrats make initial ad buys in battleground states Iowa Democrat tops Ernst in early fundraising report Rep. Andy Kim to endorse Buttigieg MORE, who is not seeking another term in 2020. 

The Cook Political Report has rated both of those districts as toss-ups. 

Rep. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteLawmakers question why dead people are getting coronavirus checks Coronavirus response could be key factor in tight governor's races Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race MORE's (R-Mont.) plans to run for governor have put the state's at-large House district on Democrats' radar. Despite Trump carrying the state by 21 points in 2016, Democrats are hopeful they can grab the seat after Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues Bullock outraises Daines in Montana Senate race MORE (D) won reelection that same year. Democratic Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Memorial Day during COVID-19: How to aid our country's veterans Senate votes to reauthorize intel programs with added legal protections MORE won reelection in the state in 2018. 

While the Cook Political Report rates Florida's 16th Congressional District and Ohio's 12th District as likely Republican, Democrats see an opportunity to target the suburban vote in the districts. 

Democrats also see an opportunity in Virginia's 5th Congressional District, held by Rep. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanHouse GOP to launch China probes beyond COVID-19 House defeats effort to prevent stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants McCarthy unveils new GOP-led China task force MORE (R). The Cook Political Report rates the seat as likely Republican, but Republicans poured money into defending the district in 2018. 

The newest target list demonstrates Democrats' optimism about growing their majority in the 2020 general election, especially among suburban voters potentially turned off by Trump. 

Republicans have also been put on the defensive recently amid a wave of retirements. 

The DCCC announced a number of ads taking aim at Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), all of whom are on the DCCC's "retirement watch list."