Politics

DCCC Expands to 101 Targets in 2018

All of the seven new targets are considered solidly Republican districts

Volunteers for Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff arrive at his campaign office in Atlanta one day before the April special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee now has more than 100 targets in this year’s midterms, the committee announced Thursday. It has added seven more GOP-held districts to its target list. 

A DCCC memo released Thursday detailing the new targets said the expanded target list is the committee’s most expansive one in at least a decade. Democrats are now targeting 98 Republican seats, and three open Democratic seats, bringing the total to 101. 

Democrats are working to flip 24 seats to win back the majority in the House. They are optimistic that a surge in Democratic energy, strong fundraising by challengers, and historic midterm trends will help them take back the House.

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Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the races in all seven new target districts as Solid Republican. President Donald Trump also carried the seats by double digits in 2016, according to calculations by Daily Kos Elections. The new targets include: 

Alaska’s At-Large District, Rep. Don Young. (Trump margin: 15 points)

Maryland’s 1st District, Rep. Andy Harris.(Trump margin: 29 points)

New Jersey’s 4th District, Rep. Christopher H. Smith. (Trump margin: 15 points)

Ohio’s 15th District, Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. (Trump margin: 15 points)

South Carolina’s 5th District, Rep. Ralph Norman. (Trump margin: 18 points)

Texas’ 31st District, Rep. John Carter. (Trump margin: 13 points)

Wisconsin’s 7th District, Rep. Sean P. Duffy. (Trump margin: 20 points) 

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