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House Republicans Set 2024 Election Targets: 37 Democrats in the Crosshairs

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After the Republicans’ disappointing performance in the 2022 midterm elections, Kevin McCarthy has already aimed the cannons at 2024. To expand their majority in the House, the GOP already drew up the list of vulnerable Democrats and added up to 37 competitive seats.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) shared the aforementioned list of names with the clear intention of sending the following message: “we will increase our margin in Congress”. With Tom Emmer no longer at the helm of the NRCC, Rep. Richard Hudson took his place as chairman of the committee. His role? To elect more Republicans to the lower chamber.

Hudson, 51, represented North Carolina’s 8th District from 2013 until 2021, when the census forced him to switch to the 9th District. “I am honored by the unanimous support of my colleagues to lead the NRCC. The American people have just entrusted House Republicans with a majority to be the last line of defense in stopping the disastrous Biden administration and saving our country from out-of-control spending, inflation, energy prices, crime, and an open southern border,” the congressman celebrated in November 2022, when he was elected to his new role.

“Working together with our leadership team and entire conference, I am confident we can build on our successes and learn from missed opportunities to expand our majority in 2024,” he added.

The list of potential gains includes 35 incumbents and two open seats, currently held by Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.), who will leave their seats to run for the Senate. Many on the ticket won their last election by less than two percentage points.

In addition, the NRCC closely follows the Democrats it failed to flip in the last election. The roster again includes 19 congressmen who won re-election despite a lot of money spent to defeat them. Pat Ryan (D-NY), Gabriel Vasquez (D-NM) and Yadira Caraveo (D-CO) are proof of that. All of them prevailed despite the large investment made against them.

According to Open Secrets, the three races that attracted the most outside money were Slotkin (Michigan 7), Abigail Spanberber (Virginia 7) and Angie Craig (Minnesota 2). Of course, all of those seats are included in the 2024 target list.

Currently, the House of Representatives has a slim Republican majority, far slimmer than was predicted before the long-awaited “red wave” that never came. The GOP has 222 seats, commanded by Speaker McCarthy, versus 212 for the Democrats, led by Hakeem Jeffries. While the GOP won a difference of 3 million votes nationally, it only translated into a gain of 9 seats.

With 2024 closer than it seems, Republicans plan to expand their majority in the House and take back the Senate after three years. The Upper House map may be better for the GOP, given that Democrats hold as many as 8 vulnerable seats.

The full list of vulnerable Democratic congress members in 2024

  • (AK-AL) Mary Peltola
  • (CA-09) Josh Harder
  • (CA-47) Open (Porter)
  • (CA-49) Mike Levin
  • (CO-08) Yadira Caraveo
  • (CT-05) Jahana Hayes
  • (FL-09) Darren Soto
  • (IL-17) Eric Sorensen
  • (IN-01) Frank Mrvan
  • (KS-03) Sharice Davids
  • (ME-02) Jared Golden
  • (MI-03) Hillary Scholten
  • (MI-07) Open (Slotkin)
  • (MI-08) Dan Kildee
  • (MN-02) Angie Craig
  • (NC-01) Don Davis
  • (NC-13) Wiley Nickel
  • (NC-14) Jeff Jackson
  • (NH-01) Chris Pappas
  • (NM-02) Gabriel Vasquez
  • (NV-01) Dina Titus
  • (NV-03) Susie Lee
  • (NV-04) Steven Horsford
  • (NY-18) Pat Ryan
  • (OH-01) Greg Landsman
  • (OH-09) Marcy Kaptur
  • (OH-13) Emilia Sykes
  • (OR-04) Val Hoyle
  • (OR-06) Andrea Salinas
  • (PA-07) Susan Wild
  • (PA-08) Matt Cartwright
  • (PA-17) Chris Deluzio
  • (RI-02) Seth Magaziner
  • (TX-34) Vicente Gonzalez
  • (VA-07) Abigail Spanberger
  • (WA-03) Marie Gluesenkamp Perez
  • (WA-08) Kim Schrier

Joaquín Núñez es licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política nacional norteamericana. Confeso hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda. Contacto: [email protected] // Joaquín Núñez has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and national American politics. Confessed fan of Racing Club of Avellaneda. Contact: [email protected]