House Democrats to target 48 GOP seats in 2014
December 13th, 2012
04:35 PM ET
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House Democrats to target 48 GOP seats in 2014

Washington (CNN) - As it tries again in 2014 to win back control of the House of Representatives, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it's got its eyes on 48 Republican-held seats.

"We need 17 seats to pick up the House. So we begin with an early universe of 30 districts where the incumbent got less than 10% and an additional 18 districts that we think can perform better in an off year than an on year," DCCC Chairman Steve Israel told reporters Thursday.

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Israel asserted Republicans will be most vulnerable in suburban areas and areas with a growing Latino population in the 2014 midterm elections.

Israel, the Democrat from New York, is returning for a second cycle as DCCC chairman. Democrats needed to win back 25 seats last month to gain control of the House. Although they fell far short of that goal, they did win back eight seats from the GOP. Republicans will have a 234-201 advantage next month when the new Congress is seated. Each party will have a vacant seat.

Israel said the DCCC has completed an initial review of what they did right and wrong in the 2012 cycle. While he wouldn't give specifics, Israel said strong recruitment is crucial.

"We've studied what we can do better. Now we are incorporating that into moving forward. The key issue here is that it all starts with recruiting," he said. "The reason we picked up seats in 2012 is because we aggressively began recruiting in 2010."

Israel also touted how the DCCC has already been aggressively going after Republicans since last month's election.

"The 2014 election began on Election Day in 2012. We started before the cycle was over. So before the bottom of the ninth with two outs, two strikes, we were already figuring out our batting order for the very next game," said Israel. "We hit the ground running. We have been on offensive."

The DCCC said Wednesday they would air radio ads against 21 House Republicans who have refused to sign a discharge petition advanced by Democrats that would allow a vote in the chamber on extending Bush-era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000 per year. The Bush-era cuts expire at the end of the year.

Democrats target House Republicans in radio spots

Israel also announced the DCCC's new leadership: Rep. Jared Polis (Colorado) as chairman for candidate services; Rep. Allyson Schwartz (Pennsylvania) as national finance chairwoman; Rep. Joseph Crowley (New York) as D.C. finance chairman and Rep. James Clyburn (South Carolina) as national mobilization chairman.

Israel also announced that Rep. Tim Walz (Minnesota) will chair the DCCC's Frontline program, which aids vulnerable incumbents, Rep. Donna Edwards (Maryland) will chair the recruitment committee, along with vice-chairman Gary Peters (Michigan); and Reps. Richard Neal (Massachusetts), Jim Himes (Connecticut) and Terri Sewell (Alabama) will be vice-chairmen of finance and will chair the committee's business council.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    Heck, the way these GOP congressmen are conducting themselves, all the Dems will have to do is have someone on the ballot.......these guys will defeat themselves.

    December 13, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I've got my hammer and nine inch nails ready for 2014 so when the GOP officially dies, we can bury it and make sure they don't rise from the grave. Rest In Pity Republicans

    December 13, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Francisco Decastro

    Good. I hope more than half of them gets the seat.

    December 13, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Ratt

    In other words, you are gona stuff the Absentee Ballots in all Districts.

    December 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Paco

    Please, get more pelosis and rieds, than you bankrupt not only neveda and cali but the whole country

    December 13, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. 22

    Yes!The republicans want a war on America,we'll give them one!I can't wait for the midterm elections to come,we'll vote those losers out and bring in people who will help the country as a whole and not just the top 2%.I'm tired of looking at Boehner,can he continue the fiscal cliff press briefings on radio?

    December 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    It's a sad state of affairs that the repubs with their corporate masters funding never stop working against American’s freedoms and rights to gain power and win elections. Just yesterday after deceiving the voting majority in Michigan the GOP in that state pushed through legislation punishing unions. Then the non-stop GOP efforts to restrict and obstruct legal voting has is endless – elections or not.
    So yes, the Dems need to be even more diligent.
    Ad to that the Dems don't have a sleazy propaganda ministry (fox media) working for them 24/7.

    December 13, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    GOP idiots better give prime importance to our nation than their Greed and Foreigners. Hospitals are robbing this nation and hiring che labor be they doctors or IT guys. We can JOB-TRAIN HERE WITH OUR FOLKS. We NEED STRICTER IMMIGRATION MEASURES. We can sustain with solid job-training. God bless my nation, the USA.

    December 13, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Darryl

    The Republican Party / T-Party did this to themselfs. The destroyed everything they had by stopping the people of this country from work and progress. They have used religion as a weapon. Womens issues they really did tons of dammage. Lations herd republicans like Romney say " Self Deport ! " Just crazy stuff. Their all going to lose the next election.

    December 13, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Darryl

    By the way , Fox news has helped too. Fair & Balanced ? LOL..LOL... O'Rilley & Hannity ? LOL..LOL...Limbaugh ? LOL...And look who's comming back ? GLEN BECK ! LOL...There will be NO MORE republicans party after 2014.

    December 13, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. CanadaONE

    GOP going over the Cliff – and turn off 98%


    they lost the house.

    post 2014 the GOP will spinter into four parties

    1. GOP Party
    2. Tea Party
    3. Conservative Party
    4. Republican Party

    December 13, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. FactCheck

    Heck, why stop at 48? These clowns are primed to be kicked out.

    December 13, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. SafeJourney

    Midterm elections are just around the corner GOP/TPers. Keep up the obstruction and your party will go the way of the dinosaurs

    December 13, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Liz the First

    Let's hope the American people wise up enough by 2014 to realize how much damage the rethugs have done to this country. we need to rid the congress of these obstructionist traitors and replace them all with people who care about moving this country forward. Boehner needs to be the first to go.

    December 13, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |