The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is reportedly expanding its 2020 target list, taking aim at six more districts won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2016.
The districts are Florida’s 16th District, Iowa’s 2nd District, Michigan’s 3rd District, Ohio’s 12th District, Virginia’s 5th District and Montana’s at-large district.
News of the latest additions to the committee’s target list was first reported by Roll Call.
The newest targets include the seat held by Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOver 1,400 pro athletes, coaches call on Congress to back bill ending qualified immunity House Democrats set to introduce proposed ban on chemical weapons Mark Cuban says he’s decided not to run for president MORE (I-Mich.), who formally left the GOP last month, as well as the seat held by Democratic Iowa Rep. Dave LoebsackDavid (Dave) Wayne LoebsackRepublican Mariannette Miller-Meeks to face Democrat Rita Hart in open House race in Iowa Key races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries House Democrats make initial ad buys in battleground states MORE, who is not seeking another term in 2020.
The Cook Political Report has rated both of those districts as toss-ups.
Rep. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteKathleen Williams, Matt Rosendale to face off for Montana House seat Gianforte wins Montana gubernatorial primary Key races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries MORE’s (R-Mont.) plans to run for governor have put the state’s at-large House district on Democrats’ radar. Despite Trump carrying the state by 21 points in 2016, Democrats are hopeful they can grab the seat after Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Overnight Energy: US Park Police say ‘tear gas’ statements were ‘mistake’ | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE (D) won reelection that same year. Democratic Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate confirms Trump’s watchdog for coronavirus funds Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip MORE won reelection in the state in 2018.
While the Cook Political Report rates Florida’s 16th Congressional District and Ohio’s 12th District as likely Republican, Democrats see an opportunity to target the suburban vote in the districts.
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Democrats also see an opportunity in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, held by Rep. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanGOP rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate’s racist video House GOP to launch China probes beyond COVID-19 House defeats effort to prevent stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants MORE (R). The Cook Political Report rates the seat as likely Republican, but Republicans poured money into defending the district in 2018.
The newest target list demonstrates Democrats’ optimism about growing their majority in the 2020 general election, especially among suburban voters potentially turned off by Trump.
Republicans have also been put on the defensive recently amid a wave of retirements.
The DCCC announced a number of ads taking aim at Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), all of whom are on the DCCC’s “retirement watch list.”