(CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Wednesday they reached their recruitment goal for the year, with 60 Democrats running in open House districts across the country.
The Democratic House fundraising arm launched their "Drive to 25" campaign earlier in the year, pledging to recruit at least 60 Democrats by year's end. Democrats need to win 25 seats in the 2012 election to take the majority in the House.
DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel said Democrats have "the wind now at our backs" heading into the next election cycle.
"Buyer's remorse has set in with Independent voters across the country who reject the Republican agenda that ends Medicare and fails to create jobs while protecting special interests and the ultra wealthy at the expense of the middle class and seniors," Israel said in a statement.
Joanna Burgos, a spokesperson from the National Republican Congressional Committee said, "the biggest vulnerability for everyone on this list is that they all fully support President Obama's job-destroying agenda."
The announcement follows two polls out Tuesday that indicated Democrats leading Republicans on a generic ballot in the battle for Congress. A Reuters/Ipsos survey showed Democrats ahead of Republicans by an 8-point margin, 48% to 40% and the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed voters would prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, 45% to 41%.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.