House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020

House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is reportedly expanding its 2020 target list, taking aim at six more districts won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat 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 AmashBarr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Weld bets on New Hampshire to fuel long shot bid against Trump MORE (I-Mich.), who formally left the GOP last month, as well as the seat held by Democratic Iowa Rep. Dave LoebsackDavid (Dave) Wayne LoebsackRep. Andy Kim to endorse Buttigieg Stuck in DC for impeachment, senators hold ground in Iowa Buttigieg picks up Iowa congressman's endorsement ahead of caucuses 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 GianforteGOP leader warns lawmakers on fundraising: 'Getting our ass kicked' Providing more information on the prescription drug supply chain will help lower costs for all Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 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 BullockStates, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Democratic governors worried about drawn-out 2020 fight MORE (D) won reelection that same year. Democratic Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocratic senator: 'The ultimate of ironies' for Trump to hit Romney for invoking his faith Committee on Veterans Affairs sends important message during tense Senate time Democrats cry foul over Schiff backlash 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 RigglemanOvernight Defense: Bolton, GOP senators see close ties challenged | Republicans fume over Dem maneuver on Iran bills |Trump criticizes Democrats over war powers vote House GOP introduces bill to secure voter registration systems against foreign hacking GOP fumes over Democrats' maneuver for bringing up Iran bills 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."