House Democrats Add Candidates to ‘Red To Blue’ Program

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has added 15 races to its competitive “Red To Blue” program, expanding its list of targets to 48 seats as it looks to regain the House majority.

Five candidates – including one running for a seat the party is defending in November – will be added to the program, along with another 10 districts in which it hopes to play, the group told Morning Consult on Tuesday.

“With general election voters starting to tune in, there are strong Democratic candidates in districts across the country who are ready to talk with voters about the disastrous agenda that Donald Trump—and his House Republican sidekicks—are promoting,” the group said in a memo. “Whether they like it or not, House Republicans are party of the Party of Trump and will be defined by him in the eyes of voters.”

The new candidates in the “Red To Blue” program are:

  • Shelli Yoder, Indiana’s 9th District: With the likelihood that former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will carry the party’s mantle in the state’s Senate race, Democrats believe Yoder has even more of a chance against Trey Hollingsworth, a businessman who moved to the district to run for the seat.
  • Anna Throne-Holst, New York’s 1st District: Throne-Holst, is taking on Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Patriot Program for vulnerable incumbents, in one of the most competitive House races in the country.
  • Tom Suozzi, New York’s 3rd District: New York’s 3rd District, currently represented by retiring Democratic Rep. Steve Israel, is not a stronghold for the party. The NRCC is backing Republican Jack Martins, a member of its “Young Guns” program for strong recruits, against Suozzi, the former Nassau County Executive.
  • Zephyr Teachout, New York’s 19th District: With Republican Rep. Chris Gibson’s decision to not seek re-election, Democrats are backing Teachout, who won her primary with the support of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, against Republican John Faso, another NRCC “Young Gun,” who emerged from a brutal primary.
  • Mike Derrick, New York’s 21st District: Derrick, a former Army colonel, is running against Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik in a district where President Obama won in 2012 with more than 53 percent of the vote.  

Along with the new candidate additions, the DCCC designated some other races – such as in California, Kansas, South Carolina and Virginia – as “Emerging Races,” districts where it could make plays if the right political environment brings the right voters to the polls.

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