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

    Ask yourself what the Dimocrats did with the two years they controlled congress during Bush's last two years. Wasn't that when everything went to hell in a waste basket with 12% approval rating for congress. Wasn't that when the Republicans finally took control of the House and the job still isn't done and we are running out of time. Wake up people and get the Dimocrats out of the Senate and for God's sake, don't give them back the House.

    August 8, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    And we will take all 51 seats – beginning with Powell to replace CAN'Tor because Powell is NOT FOR SALE!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 8, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Sue

    What is the name of that song.......You know.....the one that goes......."You Ain't Seen Nuth'n Yet"..........After the shellacking Obama and the liberals got in 2010--and (2) more years of Obama/lberal incompetence and failure........there is NO FREAK'N way that the liberals win back the House!!!

    August 8, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. belinda

    How dare Republicans raise the name of Sheldon Adelson . I thought everyone in the World, knew about the sleazy rumors, concerning Prostitution . Everyone, in Las Vegas, knows all about this Billionaire Clown. That Romney would use his money,should go against his supposed Religious Principles. Adelson should apologize to this Country, for trying to buy this Election.

    August 8, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. belinda

    The Tea Party has accomplished absolutely nothing. Everything they said they would do was literally thrown back in their face, last year. Americans are well aware of their extreme views and they're sick of it !!! These are the people that want to steal Medicare, that you paid for and give it to the Rich.They want you to grovel for Health Care, like people who have medicaid.You will lose your home to Medical Debt.Your Taxes will go up.The King of Tax Evasion, Romney, will come up with more laws protecting all of the disgraceful,Tax Loopholes that Corporations are still enjoying now.The Republican tea party promotes Intolerance, Racism, Out sourcing and Tax Evasion.They are, In my opinion Anti- American.

    August 8, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The whole House is up for debate. The question is how much is any one seat is going to be able to be switched. Many aren't because of the structure of the district.

    August 8, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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