The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is reportedly working with Team Clinton to build a "Trump model" of voters who may be persuaded to vote blue in House races this November.
According to Politico
, the DCCC is also readying TV ads in districts earlier than in any previous election cycle with a message aimed at turning marginal districts blue by making the House elections a referendum on Donald Trump.
The voters they'll be targeting, Politico reports, aside from Democrats riled up by GOP presumptive nominee, are moderate Republicans and independents turned off to the party brand, and disaffected Republicans.
DCCC executive director Kelly Ward projects 60-70 seats are now in play with Trump being a factor and that number could swell to 70-80 after the Republican convention, Politico reports.
"In each district, we will know: this crop of voters is most inclined to be swing voters who don't like Trump and would vote for the House Democrat," Ward tells Politico.
House Democrats had expected to net fewer than 10 seats, but Politico reports anti-Trump fervor has "already pushed that number into the mid-teens." The Democrats would need 29 wins to take back the majority in the lower chamber.
Still, with Democrats counting on anti-Trump sentiment to be a factor that puts races in places like Florida and California over the top, some involved in races in places like Pennsylvania, Iowa and Minnesota aren't so sure, Politico reports.
"In their zeal to nationalize, they're actually potentially hurting us in races they need to win," one unnamed Democratic source tells Politico.
Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee's executive director Rob Simms says he's coordinating efforts with the Republican National Committee — not the Trump campaign.
"The Democrats are stretching if if they think they're going to merrily morph our members' faces into the nominee's and say this person is that person, so go vote for the Democrat," he tells Politico.
"They're severely underselling not just the intelligence of the voters in the district, but the work the members have done in the district."
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