House Democrats see 51 seats in play for control of chamber
August 8th, 2012
04:38 PM ET
2 years ago

House Democrats see 51 seats in play for control of chamber

(CNN) – The House Democratic campaign arm on Wednesday announced 13 new races have been added to their "Red to Blue" program, a part of the committee's "Drive to 25" campaign to win back control of the House of Representatives.

With the additional candidates, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is now looking at 51 races they consider up for grabs.

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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 the majority.

New polling, the group says, indicates that 27 Republican-held districts are vulnerable in November, with Democratic candidates in those districts ahead by a 6-point lead. Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the DCCC, argued on a conference call that the poll results represent further proof the wave of 2010 tea party momentum is subsiding.

"The tea party tide that swept these Republicans in (to Congress)...has receded, leaving these Republicans high and dry," Israel said, referring to candidates in what he described as more moderate, affluent districts.

Those tapped by the DCCC in the newest round of races are competing in states that include California, Illinois, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota.

The organization made headlines recently when it issued an apology after it attacked billionaire GOP supporter Sheldon Adelson, highlighting prostitution allegations involving Adelson's company, Las Vegas Sands. Faced with the threat of a lawsuit from the casino mogul, the DCCC retracted its statement last week.

Meanwhile, the group's counterpart in the House, the National Republican Congressional Committee, on Wednesday responded to the DCCC's latest wave of candidates.

"House Democrats are clearly willing to say or do anything to avoid taking responsibility for their economic record. It explains why they had to apologize to Sheldon Adelson, and why they're grasping at straws with these lackluster candidates," Andrea Bozek, NRCC spokeswoman, said in a statement.

In April, House Speaker John Boehner raised brows when he said "there's a one-in-three chance" Republicans could lose control of the House this year.

"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.

In his weekly briefing with reporters last week, however, the speaker said he was feeling better about the party's chances of keeping the majority.

But Israel sounded confident on Wednesday and ready to battle this fall as Democrats attempt to recapture control of the chamber.

"To win the House, I believe you have to exploit every opportunity you have and exploit every loss the Republicans have suffered," Israel said.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

The 13 candidates:

Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Bill Enyart (IL-12)
David Gill (IL-13)
Mike Obermueller (MN-02)
Hayden Rogers (NC-11)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)
Mark Murphy (NY-11)
Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    I don't want the Democrats settling for just 51 seats. They need to try and turn the entire House blue. Howard Dean's strategy in 2008 is the model the DNC needs to be following.

    August 8, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You would think that most Americans will see the only hope for America is to get rid of the baggers, birthers, and bigots in the 'do nothing congress' of Cantor and Boehner,

    August 8, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Bill

    Clowns like Alan West and Joe Walsh will be among those losers who are summarily booted from office in November.

    August 8, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    One would think that Americans have seen enough of the bat crap crazy republicans to last a lifetime.

    August 8, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. cali girl

    It's game on, and for all the GOP/Tbaggers out there, beware, beware, beware!

    August 8, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Patriot Awesome

    I'm happy to hear this. the tea baggers are the worst thing to ever happen to the republican party and they need to b e expunged.

    August 8, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Darryl

    I hope to GOD ! I really do. The GOP has Terrorized the Political system for 3 1/2 years and it has to STOP. I hope to God the Dems change the game and push the Jobs act through Jan. 1st. This country deserves better than the hand we've been delt.

    August 8, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    hahahaha!!!! BRING IT ON LEFTIES!!! You think you got your head handed to you in 2010?! You ain't seen nuthin' yet!! 2012 will go down as the all time Democrat destruction thanks to Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

    One word, OBAMACARE. That is all Romney and the Republican candidates need to keep repeating. Along with 8.3% unemployment for 42 months and $16 heading for $22 TRILLION in DEBT. It is that simple. The American people don't want the Democrats to turn the USA into a bankrupt unemployed welfare country with government healthcare.

    August 8, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. v-twin

    And where were these polls conducted? Section 8 housing prjects.

    August 8, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. BigTBone

    NOTE TO EVERYONE: Democratic and independent supporters need to actually SHOW UP at the polls this time.

    Stop the GOP/TP madness this November. It is the only way forward.

    August 8, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Are you kidding me?

    I am republican and I am hoping for a blue tide to a super majority. The GOP has not done anything to deserve my vote and it is time for me to collect.

    August 8, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. calvin

    even if obama get both houses he still will not get any thing done he had control of the goverment in 2008 and mess it up his work 5 trillion mone in debt a health bill no one knows what in it. he claims victory in the wars and still has bush to blame if thing go wrong bsetbet VOTE THEM ALL OUT and start wirh new meat.

    August 8, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. cali girl

    Yo Bend, a lot of the voters out there are very much aware that Robmey has NO PLANS on anything major in this election. Note: Robmey said he would repeal the ACA but when it came to replace, no answer.
    That goes right along with the economy only saying he approves the Ryan budget. Taxes, still no admitted plan, because knowing what he would probably do is tax the middle class $2000 so his "friends" can keep their fat wallets.
    Also no plans on immigration, womens issues (he will stop funding Planned Parenthood), the poor, seniors and middle class.

    August 8, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Ken in MO

    Folks, I dont know if Romney is a crook. I certainly hope not. I am very concerned that he refuses to show his taxes. Calling him bad names is not helpful. Calling Obama bad names is not helpful. I disagree with much of the policies he has proprosed as candidate for President....but agree with many of the policies he implemented as Governor of Mass. He is MUCH more liberal than Obama...the record is VERY clear on that. Is he a good man, I thinks so, but I dont know. Is he a crook, I dont think so, but I dont know. He is the only one that can prove it...like all candidates have done since his father.

    I am sickened that Gerrymandering has caused the political process to only elect unstable and questionable people to the House of Representatives.

    August 8, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "That is all Romney and the Republican candidates need to keep repeating."

    Newsflash: that IS all they are repeating...while completely refusing to provide any substantive, detailed, fact-based pragmatic vision or policy proposals to solve the nation's problems...and they are doing terrible in the polls as a result.

    August 8, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, – One word, OBAMACARE. That is all Romney and the Republican candidates need to keep repeating. Along with 8.3% unemployment for 42 months and $16 heading for $22 TRILLION in DEBT. It is that simple. The American people don't want the Democrats to turn the USA into a bankrupt unemployed welfare country with government healthcare.

    One word, TAXES, what is Willard hiding from the American people that he does not want them to know; and what are his plans for people who would lose their healthcare under HIS (original) plan? A congress loaded with TP trash (who came out of nowhere) and caused our country to lose it's credit rating for the first time; and let's not forget this SAME congress ran on the illusion of creating jobs of which we're still waiting; and the American will not vote for more of the SAME lies bestowed upon them this election so they will forcefully clean house.

    August 8, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. DAVID

    i hope people wise up finally because BAT CRAP CRAZY republicans and their very much FAILED ideology of supply side trickle down economics has done enough damage to this country. go and read what our founding fathers wrote and you will find that this whole country was set up to serve all the people. their is no place in every thing that they wrote were we were encouraged to build a goverment system that in all actions was to concider the needs of just the wealthy first! if fact they left their home lands to get away from the have and have nots system in place. i have really nothing against wealth but to set up every thing to benifit some ones chance to be wealthy flys in the face of basic logic we are not now or ever going to be a nation of just wealthy people FACT RIGHT WINGNUTS!

    August 8, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. SafeJourney

    Vote these obstructionist teapublicans out of office before they completely destroy our great country. Americans will not forget the teapublicans saying "let America default on its debts" causing the S&P downgrade per
    S&P itself.,

    August 8, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. DAVID

    tax returns mittens! tax returns mittens! tax returns mittens! tax returns mittens! tax returns mittens!

    August 8, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Jharris

    I don't see a tidal wave election this year even if Obama is re-elected. He has a 50/50 shot at getting re-elected. If it was 70/30, then I'd say it is possible. Obama is so deeply unpopular in some swing districts because of the economy. If unemployment was 7.5% where it was when Reagan was running for re-election in 1984, the Democrats would win 30-35 seats and recapture the House of Representatives. If Romney is elected, then the Democrats would most likely lose the Senate and not gain any seats in the House of Representatives. Obama has not made a case for House Democratic candidates to run on. Opponents keep saying that Obama and the Democrats ran up the debt, but what people don't realize is that the GOP is just as guilty as sin. One can argue that the deficits left behind by Bush, the wars, and the unfunded tax cuts have contributed to higher debt and has accumulated into Obama's presidency.

    August 8, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Bingham

    The GOP is not losing the House and I would be surprised f they do not pick up the Senate. Either way if Obamanation gets re-elected we are not going back to his first two years in office where they passed bills so the American public could see what was in them.

    August 8, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Mitt Romney's Favorability Rating

    Speaking of lackluster candidates, have you seen the top of the GOP ticket? Your presumptive nominee's favorability rating is a lackluster 40% and holding......

    As I heard a very wise man say: "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig,"

    You're going to need an awful lot of lipstick for that pig you got. Now that the pig has tapped Newt Gingrich to stump for him, you better load up on some perfume while you're at it. There's no amount of Chanel No. 5 that is going to take the stink off Gingrich.

    August 8, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Gotta just love the braindead left.... the country is going down in flames at a record pace and all they want to know about is somebody's persoanl tax returns that he isn't required to show and nobody but he and the IRS are entitled to see.

    Yeah, that's what the millions of unemployed are concerned about right? Honestly, you've handed Romney a cake walk with this ridiculous small ball personal atack plan. No sane voter that cares about this country gives a damn about tax returns while the country burns.

    FOURTY TWO MONTHS OF RECORD HIGH UNEMPLOYEMENT WITH OBAMA. He has no answers or he would have solved this problem. All he has done in 4 years IS MAKE IT WORSE.

    The American people are not stupid and will not be lied to and decieved again. They proved it in 2010 and will prove it again in 2012. But by all means, play your little tax return trivia game and sip your koolaide while you believe that is a light at the end of the tunnel you are running towards.

    August 8, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. scott

    And their is 33 Democrats seats in play also which the republicans, have leads in 24 out of 33 seats. However you did not hear that mentioned. As always biased reporting from CNN.

    August 8, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. obama is a loser

    what I see is a bunch of democrat horse thiefs and cattle rustlers and you know what we did with them

    August 8, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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