The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which functions as the official campaign arm for House Democrats, identified their wish list of targets to reclaim from Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections.
In a memo circulated Monday morning, the DCCC identified 59 seats currently held by Republicans that are ripe for being poached in what will likely be a contentious election.
The DCCC’s targeted seats range from red to blue states, with a focus on swing districts:
Among the listed seats the DCCC intends to target are 23 districts that currently are held by Republicans but were won by democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In addition, Clinton lost ten seats on the DCCC’s list by four points or less. A handful of other seats will become open by retiring members and those who have left to serve in the Trump administration.
The memo, penned by DCCC Executive Director Dan Sena, noted the frequent protests that have taken place across the U.S. since Donald Trump was sworn in as president.
“The American people have repeatedly organized this month in peaceful marches to resist the Trump Administration and the Republican vision for our country, from their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, to a tax-payer funded Mexican border wall and this weekend’s dangerous Muslim ban.”
“This widespread backlash will only grow as Trump and House Republicans continue to ignore this loud chorus from their constituents, who so clearly oppose what this Republican-controlled Washington D.C. has to offer,” Sena added.
The minority party typically over performs in midterm elections, such as when Republicans reclaimed the U.S. House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. The DCCC now has a long list of where they want to make their most substantial gains.
Editor’s Note: This story previously said the DCCC identified 61 seats to target, instead of 59. We regret the error.