Dems launch 'unprecedented early' effort to capture GOP districts

Dems launch 'unprecedented early' effort to capture GOP districts
© Victoria Sarno Jordan

The House Democrats' campaign arm on Thursday announced it has begun hiring staffers in 20 targeted districts held by Republicans in an effort to reclaim the majority in 2018.

“The launch of our ‘March into ‘18’ accountability project comes at a time of excitement and opportunity for Democrats,” Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's chairman, said in a statement.

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“The organic strength of the women’s marches, Affordable Care Act rallies, and protests across the country provides further evidence that Democrats are on offense this cycle — and the DCCC is ready to capture that energy,” he added.

“This is an unprecedented early investment in key Republican-held House districts, in order to engage voters and make their voices heard. So many people are looking for ways to tell their stories, channel their energy and organize for change, and this project will help do just that.”

The DCCC also launched a “March into ‘18” website and a Facebook page.

Staffers will train volunteers in targeted districts on how to plan events, stage protests and promote activism against Republicans, it added.

The Washington Post on Thursday reported many of Democrats’ targets are districts they hoped to take last year, including suburban areas in California, Colorado and Minnesota.

Democrats are also targeting districts held by veteran GOP lawmakers, the Post said, citing Reps. Pete Sessions (Texas), Peter Roskam (Ill.) and Ed Royce (Calif.) as examples. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates's probation request The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list MORE defeated now-President Trump in those districts, it noted.

Trump’s nascent presidency has been dogged by national protests over issues including women’s healthcare and his executive order on refugees following his Jan. 20 inauguration.