Republicans have released a list of 37 Democrat-held House seats that they plan to target in the 2024 elections in an effort to bolster their slim majority in the House.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) sent out a target list of 35 incumbent seats and two open seats — which were vacated by Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and Katie Porter (D-CA), both of whom have decided to run for Senate instead.
Many of the seats being targeted by the GOP are currently held by Democrats who narrowly won their previous election.
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-VA), the chairman of the NRCC, released a statement about the GOP’s intentions.
“Republicans are in the majority and on offense. We will grow our House majority by building strong campaigns around talented recruits in these districts who can communicate the dangers of Democrats’ extreme agenda,” the statement read.
The list includes 19 Democrats that the NRCC fundraised heavily against, all of whom won tight races by less than one percentage point — including Reps. Yadira Caraveo (D-CO), Gabriel Vasquez (D-NM) and Pat Ryan (D-NY).
Democrats who won their elections by single digits are also on the list — including Reps. Dina Titus (D-NV), Val Hoyle (D-OR), Seth Magaziner (D-RI) and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX).
The NRCC has even included three congressmen who won by larger margins of over 12 percentage points — Reps. Josh Harder (D-CA), Darren Soto (D-FL) and Jeff Jackson (D-NC).
Other Democrats on the target list include Reps. Mary Peltola (D-AK), Mike Levin (D-CA), Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Eric Sorensen (D-IL), Frank Mrvan (D-IN), Sharice Davids (D-KS), Jared Golden (D-ME), Hillary Scholten (D-MI), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Angie Craig (D-MN), Don Davis (D-NC), Wiley Nickel (D-NC), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Susie Lee (D-NV), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Greg Landsman (D-OH), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Emilia Sykes (D-OH), Andrea Salinas (D-OR), Susan Wild (D-PA), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Chris Deluzio (D-PA), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA) and Kim Schrier (D-WA).
The NRCC — a political committee focused on electing more Republicans in the House and increasing the GOP’s control — is funded by individual donors and spends its assets on Republican candidates and party leaders.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has yet to release a target list, though they have published a list of Democrats whose seats are vulnerable. The lawmakers included in the list, which was released on Friday, are all included in the NRCC’s list except for one.
“These House Democrats should be shaking in their boots,” Hudson said.
Inside Elections has released their own list. The non-partisan organization’s first set of 2024 House ratings includes 66 competitive races — which include 33 Democrat-held seats and 33 Republican-held seats.
🚨Here they are! The first set of 2024 House ratings from @InsideElections.
The battlefield begins incredibly even. There are 66 competitive races overall: 33 seats currently held by Democrats, and 33 seats held by Republicans.
Control of the House is on the line! pic.twitter.com/1WkY5Pgtny
— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) March 10, 2023
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is also facing a tough race in 2024. Whether former President Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination or not, Biden has faced a disastrous presidency that has led many to speculate that the Democrats will be choosing a different nominee in 2024 in order to stave off a loss of the White House — and mitigate the risk of Biden’s failures causing Democrat congressional candidates to lose their elections as well.