The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is adding two more Pennsylvania districts to its list of targeted seats ahead of 2018. The Committee is added PA-11 and PA-15, both open seats, to its list.
In a memo released today DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján highlighted the successes of the DCCC in 2017, and gave an update of its plans for election day 2018.
“In 2017, the DCCC successfully outlined and built an 80-district battlefield by landing highly qualified recruits with records of service and authentic messages that connect with voters in their districts. Following our early success, the DCCC is today adding 11 additional Republican-held districts to our offensive battlefield, which now totals 91 districts,” Luján said in the statement.
PA-11 is being vacated by Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) as he runs for Senate. The district was won by President Trump, but Democrats are running former state Agriculture Secretary and dairy farmer Denny Wolff in the mostly rural district.
PA-15 Congressman Charlie Dent is retiring at the end of his term, opening up the moderate district. In 2016, Trump won the district by 8 points, but Dent won the seat by 20 points while publicly being against Trump.
The NRCC responded to the memo pointing to reports about different candidates the DCCC is pushing in other targeted districts.
“Adding names to a list doesn’t make a seat competitive. After reports revealed Nancy Pelosi’s star recruit in PA-06 exploited and abused Chinese laborers, it’s no surprise they’re cutting their losses and shifting their focus to other (even less favorable) districts,” NRCC spokesman Chris Martin said.
The DCCC has already been targeting the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 16th Congressional districts.