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 TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative 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 AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to 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 LoebsackHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 GOP scores procedural win by securing more funding to enforce Iran sanctions 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 GianforteHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 House GOP fears retirement wave will lead to tsunami Trump declares Gorka 'wins big' after clash with reporters in Rose Garden 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 BullockDemocratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows The Hill's 12:30 Report: Stocks sink as Trump fights with Fed, China The Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? MORE (D) won reelection that same year. Democratic Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Budget deal sparks scramble to prevent shutdown 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 Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Effort to censure GOP congressman for officiating same-sex wedding fails Congress needs to continue fighting the opioid epidemic 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."