Politics House Democrats name 32 members to Frontline program for reelection help

11:32  02 march  2021
11:32  02 march  2021 Source:   rollcall.com

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House Democrats will be on the defensive in the midterm cycle after narrowly holding onto their majority and losing many of their most vulnerable members in November.

a person wearing sunglasses talking on a cell phone: Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, who flipped an open Georgia seat in November, is on the Frontline list of members who will get special help in 2022 from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. © Provided by Roll Call Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, who flipped an open Georgia seat in November, is on the Frontline list of members who will get special help in 2022 from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

They marked the terrain they’re going to work hardest to protect in that fight Monday with the release of 32 incumbents who will receive extra resources and support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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The list of members added to the DCCC’s Frontline program, provided exclusively to Roll Call, includes six whose districts voted for former President Donald Trump in November and 13 in districts that President Joe Biden carried by less than 5 percentage points. Eighteen of the incumbents on the list won reelection themselves by less than 5 points.

“As we head into this midterm election, House Democrats are prepared to hold our Majority by showing the American people we are delivering for them in this pandemic,” DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney said. “Meanwhile, our opponents voted against stimulus checks for working families, and instead of coming up with solutions to help the middle-class, they’re busy defending the violent extremists in their party.”

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Two members who were on the list in the 2020 cycle were dropped this time around. Jason Crow, in Colorado’s 6th District, won his race by 17 points and Biden carried the district by 19. The margins were closer for Josh Gottheimer, in NewJersey’s 5th District, but he finished the year with more than $8.3 million in the bank, plenty of money to start the next cycle in a strong position.

The DCCC added four members to the list who were not on it last cycle. Carolyn Bourdeaux’s 3 point win in November flipped Georgia’s 7th District. Peter DeFazio is in his 18th term in a district that was considered safe last cycle but that Biden only carried by 4 points. Vicente Gonzalez won his 2018 race in Texas’s 15th District by over 20 points but squeaked through by less than 3 points in November.  Ron Kind, in Wisconsin’s 3rd District, was a Republican target in 2020. Trump won the district by 5 points.

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Net 11 seats lost last year

House Democrats lost a net of 11 seats from the previous Congress, with 13 of their incumbents defeated. Eleven of them were Frontline members. Democrats also lost an open Democratic seat and picked up three open GOP seats. No House Republican incumbent lost.

Republicans are optimistic that they can build on that performance in the coming months, aided by the historic advantage of the out-of-power party during a midterm cycle.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the DCCC’s counterpart on the right, announced its initial list of 47 Democratic targets last month. Democrats have yet to release their offensive targets, but the majority of the DCCC’s spending so far this cycle has focused on Republican-held districts that Biden won.

With results of the 2020 census delayed, it will be a while before a clear picture of the vulnerable House members emerges. Data showing how the 435 House seats would be apportioned among the 50 states, originally due on Dec. 31, is not expected until the end of April, and it will be several more months until states get detailed local data needed to redraw district boundaries.

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Campaigning begun on virus package

The Frontline announcement comes after House Democrats notched their first big win of the new Congress, passing a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package over solid Republican opposition that the Senate plans to pick up this week.

The measure has already become central to campaign messaging on both sides of the aisle, with Republicans rolling out attacks against Democrats in competitive districts that seek to portray the package as laden with unnecessary spending that benefits special interest groups.

Democrats, in turn, released videos attacking Republicans in 10 competitive districts Monday for voting against the measure.

“With their vote against the Democrats’ plan to get badly needed stimulus checks to the American people, Washington Republicans are once again refusing to take this pandemic seriously,” Maloney said. “From denying the seriousness of the virus, to refusing to follow the public health recommendations from Dr. Fauci and medical experts, to refusing to give American families the aid they need, they’ve made clear that they’re unable to lead us out of this crisis. House Democrats are making sure the American people know it.”

Here’s a full list of the Frontline members announced Monday:

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  • Tom O’Halleran (1st District, Arizona)
  • Josh Harder (10th District, California)
  • Katie Porter (45th District, California)
  • Mike Levin (49th District, California)
  • Jahana Hayes (5th District, Connecticut)
  • Lucy McBath (6th District, Georgia)
  • Carolyn Bourdeaux (7th District, Georgia)
  • Cindy Axne (3rd District, Iowa)
  • Lauren Underwood (14th District, Illinois)
  • Sharice Davids (3rd District, Kansas)
  • Jared Golden (2nd District, Maine)
  • Elissa Slotkin (8th District, Michigan)
  • Haley Stevens (11th District, Michigan)
  • Angie Craig (2nd District, Minnesota)
  • Chris Pappas (1st District, New Hampshire)
  • Andy Kim (3rd District, New Jersey)
  • Tom Malinowski (7th District, New Jersey)
  • Mikie Sherrill (11th District, New Jersey)
  • Susie Lee (3rd District, Nevada)
  • Steven Horsford (4th District, Nevada)
  • Antonio Delgado (19th District, New York)
  • Peter DeFazio (4th District, Oregon)
  • Susan Wild (7th District, Pennsylvania)
  • Matt Cartwright (8th District, Pennsylvania)
  • Conor Lamb (17th District, Pennsylvania)
  • Lizzie Fletcher (7th District, Texas)
  • Vicente Gonzalez (15th District, Texas)
  • Colin Allred (32nd District, Texas)
  • Elaine Luria (2nd District, Virginia)
  • Abigail Spanberger (7th District, Virginia)
  • Kim Schrier (8th District, Washington)
  • Ron Kind (3rd District, Wisconsin)
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