DCCC: Fitzpatrick, Kelly and Perry Make List Of Initial 2020 Targets
The Democrats are now in the majority in the House, but have their sights set on flipping 33 more seats in 2020.
Yesterday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a list of 33 Republican controlled districts that they are hoping to gain control over.
Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), Mike Kelly (R-Butler), and Scott Perry (R-York) were the three Pennsylvania representatives included in their initial 2020 list.
All three were reelected in November by 5 points or less to serve another term in Congress.
Kelly had the widest margin of the three, winning by close to 4.5 points over Democrat Ron DiNicola, but is also in the most Trump friendly district with the President carrying the new 16th District by 20 plus points in 2016.
Perry was reelected by defeating Democrat George Scott by just over 2.5 points in a district Trump won in 2016 by just shy of 10 points. Perry is the only of the three that is also being targeted by the DCCC in Facebook ads over the recent government shutdown.
Fitzpatrick is the only three of the bunch to represent a district that Sec. Hillary Clinton won in 2016, albeit by a very slim margin. The Republican incumbent defeated Democrat Scott Wallace by just over 2.5 points.
Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation at the beginning of this session was locked even at 9 Democrats and Republicans each, but Rep. Tom Marino (R-Lycoming) resigned last week leaving one seat open until the May 21 special election date. The 12th Congressional District that Marino represented is a GOP stronghold that voted for President Trump by over 35 points.
This article was updated to correct the margin of victory in the DiNicola vs Kelly race.