April 24th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Battle for House heats up

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Tuesday announced 14 more races that have qualified for their "Red to Blue" program, as part of the committee's "Drive for 25" campaign to win back control of the House of Representatives.

That brings to 35 the number of races in which the Democrats' House campaign arm highlights what they consider the top Democratic campaigns across the country, offering "them financial, communications, grassroots and strategic support."

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The Democrats lost control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, thanks to an historic 63 seat pick-up by the GOP. As their "Drive for 25" states, the party needs to grab back 25 seats to regain control of the chamber.

The DCCC says that 70% of their current "Red to Blue" candidates outraised their Republican opponents in the first quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee Tuesday announced the fourth round of their "Patriot Program" members for the 2012 election cycle. The NRCC says the program "is a rigorous, goal-oriented initiative that enables Members to stay on offense as they build winning re-election campaigns."

The NRCC says Rep. Chip Cravaack of Minnesota, Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York, Rep. Chris Gibson of New York, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, and Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin will be members of the program, which was initiated in 2009.

The announcements come one day after House Speaker John Boehner sounded some alarm bells, saying "there's a one-in-three chance" Republicans could lose control of the House of Representatives in 2012.

"I would say that there is a two-in-three chance that we win control of the House again but there's a one-in-three chance that we could lose and I'm being myself, frank," Boehner told Fox News, according to a transcript of the interview.

Up until now the speaker has not raised any concerns about his party's chances to keep control of the House this fall, and it's unusual for a top party leader to publicly express a pessimistic outlook.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, agreed with Boehner's oddsmaking.

"I think it is entirely reasonable for the Speaker to expect that they could lose the House because they very well could, and we're working hard to make sure that happens," the congresswoman from Florida said Tuesday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

New "Red to Blue" (14)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)
Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Joe Miklosi (CO-06)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
David Crooks (IN-08)
Gary McDowell (MI-01)
John Delaney (MD-06)
Shelley Adler (NJ-03)
Julian Schreibman (NY-19)
Manan Trivedi (PA-06)
Pat Kreitlow (WI-07)
Arizona's 9th District*
New York's 18th District*


Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • House • Republicans
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Buh bye, Chip Cravaack....

    April 24, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sarah Palin helped destroy the Republican party, they know it and they are running as far away from her as they can, but it's hard.

    April 24, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Dave

    Make no mistake about it. Its the middle class vs the rich, richer & Richie Rich Romney. This brother is pullin all D s all up in that booth come Nov.

    April 24, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. judy

    It would be great if they did loose the house. They havent done anything while in it. Time to pass legistation that helps the american public. Obama 2012

    April 24, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. king

    How gullible can you be to vote for anyone of the repubs house members and their deliberate stance on seeing this country fails, just because they wanted to get rid of obama, every single one of them should be charged with treason. They shout jobs jobs jobs, and the gullible elected them over welmingly, but they forgot to tell the gullibles that their only reason they wanted to get elected was to sabatage this economy. I've never seen a governing body will fully tried to sobatage their own country to get one person job. These repubs and their obstructionist selves need to be brought up on charges.

    April 24, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Severely Moderate

    “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” – GOP/Tea Party Agenda (2008 – 2012).

    We have not forgotten

    April 24, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. bettyboop33

    Time for the GOP Great Obstructionist Party to reap what they sow....okay Mr. Speaker time to get out your "NO" rubber stamp and dont forget to plant it directly on your own forhead....lol

    April 24, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. WiredweirdinSF

    The corrupt unions are such skilled liars and combine that with the dumbing down of America fostered by the NEA and the all out press by the liberally biased mainstream media and you get fears that Americans can not see through the deceit.

    April 24, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Cal

    Its not going to happen. If independent voters are upset with conservatives in the House they should be outraged by the liberals in the Senate. Whatever happens the Democrats aren't getting a majority in both Houses – voters are too smart to do something that stupid.

    April 24, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. John

    So the fact that a 63 seat pick-up by the GOP in 2010 is historic, wait until the landslide GOP win in 2012, there won't be enough Democrats left to call it a party.

    April 24, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. LolDems

    Oh no, how disgusting. The leftylibdems are targeting to replace specific House Republicans. They will stoop to anything to overturn the House majority. No wonder the leftylibdems are trying to expand entitlements and the size of government and play to their base of radical environmentalists and LBGT. Their rabid dislike of Republicans is behind their War on Women, bad Wall Street, kick GrandMa to the curb, and raise taxes populist rhetoric.

    April 24, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Congress needs to be Tea Party free. Entrenched ideologues in our government serve no purpose other than to make it more dysfunctional, most particularly when that is their stated mission. Congress needs to be free of members who sign ideological pledges, which promise entrenched ideology on certain issues. Again, we do not need members who are committed to dysfunction, chaos and disorder in the Congress.

    April 24, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. masgap

    Don't forget the Alamo
    nor the party of no

    April 24, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Republicans will be lucky if they keep any seats in the house and senate in Nov , people don't like paying the do nothing teapublicans for obstruction of jobs program.

    April 24, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Joy!

    Lets turn the entire Nation blue progress guranteed!

    April 24, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Jules

    Please add Judy Biggert and Joe Walsh from IL. Maybe they are already on the list and these were just added – I hope.

    April 24, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. B

    The people have Had IT with the Republicans after the 2010 election and the Slash and Burn strategies implemented by Republican controlled states. Taking over townships, passing sate laws that deny voting rights with ID requirements, walking all over women’s health rights, stoping Gay rights to people, instigating new gun laws that allow murder on false -self defense- issues, profiling people of color for "papers" as in Arizona, Filibustering and blocking every piece of Federal and state legislation that improves working peoples lives like labor unions.

    Basically, the Republicans have turned the clock backwards in the country with destructive targeted agendas against average and poor Americans.

    April 24, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. rs

    Given the raw stupidity of the Republican Party's TEA wing, and their utter and complete lack of action on anything good for the 99% of Americans, and their pledges to every faction of nuts (Mr. Norquist on taxes and a wide variety of religios kooks), I'd say there is a better chance than that the GOP will lose the House.

    Where are the jobs, Mr, Boehner? Where are the jobs bills?

    April 24, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. ST

    Do nothing overwhelmed GOP congress and they expect to be voted in again!!! Their approval rating tells it all.

    April 24, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |