Newspaper article Roll Call

Democrats Announce House Targets for 2014

Newspaper article Roll Call

Democrats Announce House Targets for 2014

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rolled out the first 35 districts of its "Red to Blue" program Monday, highlighting the GOP-held seats the party believes it can flip and open seats it hopes to keep in the Democratic column in the 2014 midterms.

Needing to net 17 seats to win back the House majority, the announcement makes clear where the party believes its most important fights will take place.

"This is our initial roll out," DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said Monday morning on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown." "There will be more, and we will have a very competitive battlefield as we go deeper into the cycle."

Sixteen candidates who achieved "aggressive fundraising, organization and infrastructure goals," according to the DCCC, were listed by name as top recruits in targeted districts. Among the candidates included were:

* Former Capitol Hill aide Amanda Renteria, a Democrat challenging Rep. David Valadao in California's competitive 21st District, located in the Central Valley

* Former judge Ann Callis, who is seeking to oust freshman GOP Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois' 13th District. Callis faces a March 18 primary with physics professor George Gollin

* Former New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia, looking to take on Republican Rep. Michael Grimm in New York's 11th District. Grimm, who came under fire recently after he threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony after the State of the Union, represents a district President Barack Obama carried in 2012

* Former state Speaker Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat seeking to oust GOP Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado's 6th District. Obama carried the 6th District by a 5-point margin in 2012

* Attorney Gwen Graham, who is challenging Republican Rep. Steve Southerland II in Florida's 2nd District. Graham is the daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla.

The DCCC singled out 12 other candidates for its "Emerging Races" program who are "making themselves competitive by running smart campaigns which are becoming increasingly competitive. …

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