Republicans in the House will target 19 of their Democrat colleagues for the 2016 election as the party seeks to maintain control of the chamber.
According to CNN,
which obtained the full list, the GOP's goal is to counter Democrats from taking the 30 seats they need to regain the majority.
Democrats, according to a Politico report,
are looking at 64 House races they feel could go either way.
Among the Democrats on the National Republican Congressional Committee's (NRCC) list are veteran Reps. Collin Peterson (Minnesota) and Scott Peters (California), along with newcomers like Gwen Graham (Florida) and Brad Ashford (Nebraska). Graham and Ashford were the only two members of the party to beat GOP incumbents in the midterm elections last fall.
Further, the NRCC is launching a marketing campaign with an Oscars theme to boost Republican support in some races. That campaign is outlined on a website, 2016donkeys.com.
The website has several categories and nominees for each one, and the "winners" will be announced on the site during the Oscars broadcast Sunday.
Some of the categories include "The Brad Schneider: For most likely to be one-and-done," "The Carol Shea-Porter: For the most out-of-touch liberal record," and "The John Barrow: For the Most Two-Faced Politician."
The full list of 19 Democrats
Republicans will target, according to the NRCC website: Arizona's Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema; California's John Garamendi, Ami Bera, Julia Brownley, Pete Aguilar, Raul Ruiz, and Scott Peters; Connecticut's Elizabeth Esty; Florida's Gwen Graham and Patrick Murphy; Illinois' Cheri Bustos; Minnesota's Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan; Nebraska's Brad Ashford; New Hampshire's Annie Kuster; New Mexico's Ben Ray Luján; and New York's Steve Israel and Sean Patrick Maloney.
"As Nancy Pelosi continues to pull her smaller and weaker caucus of House Democrats to the far left, we are going to make sure that these vulnerable Democrats are held responsible for their disastrous policies," NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin told CNN.
Most of the 2016 election talk has centered on the presidential race, with several Republicans being discussed
as potential candidates. Hillary Clinton
is the main contender on the left.
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