House Democrats look for more pickups in 2018

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is now adding an additional 20 new targets for the 2018 midterms, which brings the total targeted to 79, according to a story in The Hill.

All but two of the latest targets voted for the House GOP’s legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act earlier this month. Ohio Reps. Mike Turner and Dave Joyce were among the 20 Republicans to vote against the bill, but the DCCC has nonetheless aired attack ads in their districts and added them to the target list.

As for the focus on Republicans who voted for TrumpCare, “a Quinnipiac poll conducted this month after the vote found that only 21 percent of respondents approved of the legislation, known as the American Health Care Act.”

With Trump’s popularity at record lows and the historic trend of the president’s party losing seats in the midterms, it is definitely time to be optimistic, and to scare the hell out of potentially vulnerable Republicans who might have upcoming key votes to consider.

On the other hand, as Jim Newell at Slate writes, “the new additions amount to a Democratic thought experiment: How high might the party climb if both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue maintain their recent pace of maximal dysfunction into next year?”

In either case, House Republicans can’t be happy.

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