What are the Democratic Party’s prospects for maintaining control of the House?
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of House Democrats, has identified more than 40 “Frontline Democrats” it expects will have very competitive re-election campaigns. Many of these members represent suburban districts that have diversified their populations in recent years. In most of these districts, Democrats are running for re-election for the first time. The Frontline Democrats have amassed large campaign funds.
Democrats also have identified more than three dozen Republican-held districts they intend to target, including seven in Texas.
A top takeover opportunity for Democrats is Texas’s 23rd District, a border district stretching from San Antonio to El Paso and held by Republican Will Hurd, who’s retiring. Texas’s 23rd is one of just three districts that, along with New York’s 24th District and Pennsylvania’s 1st District, voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and for a House Republican in 2018. Democrats also are making a play for the suburban Texas districts of retiring Republican Reps. Pete Olson of the 22nd District and Kenny Marchant of the 24th District.
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