Washington (CNN) - Which House Democrats are most vulnerable to losing their jobs heading into the 2012 elections? On Thursday, a key Democratic campaign group released its initial list of names.
One of them on the list: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The Arizona lawmaker continues to recover from an assassination attempt during the January 8 Tucson shooting nightmare. Some two months before the shooting spree, Giffords won her re-election race by just two-percent of the votes. The list from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee apparently acknowledges that, despite the tragedy, Giffords could still face a tough re-election bid.
The DCCC helps elect Democrats to the House and helps lawmakers keep their seats. Those on its list comprise the group's Frontline program.
In addition to Giffords, the DCCC believes that 14 other Democrats could have a tough time getting re-elected. All the others on the list also eked out close 2010 re-election wins.
Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan held on to his seat by just two-percentage points, as did the incumbent Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Critz.
The re-election margins were even slimmer for other Democratic incumbents who are listed as vulnerable for 2012: Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly kept his job by just 920 votes; Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler was re-elected by just 600 votes; and New York Rep. Tim Bishop barely held on to his seat, beating the Republican challenger by just a 235-votes.
"In November, voters sent a clear message: focus on the economy and get Americans back to work. Our Members are hard at work doing just that – representing their districts, standing up for the middle class and working to create jobs," DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement.
"The 15 Frontline Members are battle tested and survived tough re-elections to return to Congress," he added. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will lead the Frontline program.
Democrats who become members of the effort must pledge to meet aggressive fundraising goals as well as amp up their person-to-person and online outreach efforts.
The GOP group that helps elect Republicans to the House – the National Republican Congressional Committee – distributed an email to reporters on Thursday regarding the DCCC effort.
"Yes, this is the same vaunted program that had a 74% loss rate in 2010," the email stated.