DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program

DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program
© Greg Nash

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) unveiled on Tuesday a list of a dozen candidates who it believes are best positioned to either hold or flip competitive districts in 2020.

The list includes several Democratic candidates in 2018 who came up short in the general election, such as Gina Ortiz Jones, who narrowly lost to Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 Trump to attend California fundraiser with Oracle chairman The Hill's Morning Report - Nearing witness vote, GOP rushes to acquit Trump MORE (R-Texas) last cycle; Hiral Tiperneni, who lost to Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.); Dan Feehan, who was defeated by Rep. Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornMinnesota congressman diagnosed with cancer House GOP introduces bill to secure voter registration systems against foreign hacking DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program MORE (R-Minn.); Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, who lost to Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisRepublicans root for Sanders nomination in battle for House Blagojevich calls himself a 'Trumpocrat,' praises Trump after release from prison Sanders slams Trump pardons as part of 'broken and racist criminal justice system' MORE (R-Ill.); and Carolyn Long, who was defeated by Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerPelosi: 'I tore up a manifesto of mistruth' DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program DCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements MORE (R-Wash.).

New additions to the list include Rita Hart in Iowa’s 2nd District, Christina Hale in Indiana’s 5th District, Jackie Gordon in New York’s 2nd District, Eugene DePasquale in Pennsylvania’s 10th District, Jill Schupp in Missouri’s 2nd District and Wendy Davis in Texas’s 21st District.

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The committee is also backing Christy Smith, who's running to replace former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillObama demands pro-Trump group's ad be pulled in South Carolina Katie Hill to publish memoir 'She Will Rise' FBI arrests man accused of launching cyberattacks against former Rep. Katie Hill's rival MORE (D) in California's 25th District in a special election. 

The list of candidates, part of the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program, comes as Democrats find themselves playing defense in 2020. The party flipped 43 House seats in 2018 in a wave election that saw Democrats recapture a majority in the chamber. 

“The strength of our candidates matters, and these 12 local leaders have shown they have what it takes to win the trust of their voters and earn their votes,” Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosHouse GOP campaign arm mocks Democrats after stumbling upon internal info on races Julián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Vulnerable Democrats fret over surging Sanders MORE (D-Ill.), the chairwoman of the DCCC, said in a statement. “For that reason, I am proud to add them to our battle-tested Red to Blue program.”

Reps. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarVulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg Three members of Congress endorse Bloomberg after raucous debate MORE (D-Calif.), A. Donald McEachinAston (Donale) Donald McEachinConsensus forming for ambitious climate goal: Net zero pollution DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program Virginia governor seeking to remove Robert E. Lee statue from US Capitol MORE (D-Va.) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) will serve as co-chairpeople of the “Red to Blue” program, Bustos said.

--Updated at 10:31 a.m.