DCCC opens Texas office to protect House pickups, target vulnerable GOP seats

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will open an office in Texas to protect two House seats gained in the 2018 midterms and target six seats where Republicans narrowly won, according to DCCC Chairwoman Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosHouse Democrats' campaign arm raises over million in second quarter Lawmakers join Nats Park fundraiser for DC kids charity Democratic leaders seek balance amid liberal push to go big on immigration MORE (D-Ill.).

The office will focus on safeguarding Democratic Reps. Colin Allred and Lizzie Pannill FletcherElizabeth (Lizzie) FletcherDCCC opens Texas office to protect House pickups, target vulnerable GOP seats The Hill's Morning Report - Dems debate if Biden's conduct with women disqualifying MORE, while targeting Republican incumbents Reps. John CarterJohn Rice CarterPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? MORE, Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Trump praises GOP unity in opposing resolution condemning tweets The four Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's tweets MORE, Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Ethics complaint filed against top House Ethics Republican House Ethics Committee investigating Gaetz over Cohen threats MORE, Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Overnight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey Overnight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran MORE, Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump creates new firestorm with 'go back' remarks Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems MORE and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE, all of whom had a margin of victory under 5 percentage points in 2018, according to the Texas Tribune.

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The operation will be led by Democratic operatives Roger Garza and Michael Beckendorf, according to Bustos, and will have its headquarters in Austin, parts of which Carter, McCaul and Roy represent.

“When it comes to places where House Democrats can go on offense, it doesn’t get any bigger than Texas,” Bustos said, according to the Texas Tribune. “In 2018, Texas Democrats proved that they can win in competitive districts. That’s why we are continuing our investments in the Lone Star State by opening a new DCCC:Texas Headquarters."

The office aims to replicate strategies the DCCC used in California in 2018, where an aggressive on-the-ground strategy flipped seven Republican House seats, according to the Tribune.

"If the socialist Democrats were serious about competing in Texas they wouldn’t have spent the past three months pushing far-left policies like the oil-and-gas-killing Green New Deal and banning private health insurance,” National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman Bob Salera told the Tribune. “Texans will reject the socialist Democrats and their zany ideas in 2020.”

But the Texas GOP has increasingly fundraised with warnings about the precariousness of Republican control in the Lone Star State. “Story after story from national news outlets are posting about how Texas is likely not reliably 'red' in 2020," state GOP Chairman James Dickey said in a February fundraising email, according to the Tribune. "We need your help – today – to defend Texas.”