DCCC Names Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild to Frontline Program

A trio of Pennsylvania Democrats have once again been placed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program. 

On Monday, the DCCC announced that Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) are a part of the 32 incumbents named to the program that provides Democrats from “potentially competitive seats the resources to execute effective reelection campaigns.” 

“As we head into this midterm election, House Democrats are prepared to hold our Majority by showing the American people we are delivering for them in this pandemic,” said DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney. “Meanwhile, our opponents voted against stimulus checks for working families, and instead of coming up with solutions to help the middle-class, they’re busy defending the violent extremists in their party. I look forward to working with the 32 members of our Frontline class as we defend the House next year.”

Pennsylvania is tied with California, New Jersey, and Texas for the state with the most members in the program for 2022. 

During the 2020 election, in which Democrats had a net loss of 11 seats, the DCCC also named Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild to their Frontline Program. 

The National Republican Campaign Committee also named Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild to their initial target list for the 2022 election. 

Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild, who were also targeted by the NRCC during the 2020 cycle, won reelection by less than 5 points in their most recent races. 

Lamb had the closest reelection bid of the three in 2020. The Allegheny County Democrat bested GOP challenger Sean Parnell by just over 2 points to secure his second full term in Congress. 

In 2018, Lamb captured the national spotlight when he upset Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone in the old Trump friendly 18th district, vacated by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny), in a special election and later went on to defeat Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) by just over 12.5 points

The 17th District that Lamb represents went to Trump in 2016 by just a couple of points, although Joe Biden edged out Trump in the western PA District in the 2020 election. 

Cartwright had the next closest race of the bunch in 2020. He defeated Republican Jim Bognet by just over 3.5 points to earn his fifth term in Congress. 

The Lackawanna County Democrat’s 2020 victory was his closest victory since winning a seat in Congress. In 2016, Cartwright fended off Republican Matt Connolly by a 7.6 point margin, while Trump carried these boundaries by close to 10 points. 

Cartwright is now the lone Democrat in the state to represent a Trump won district. In 2020, Trump won the 8th Congressional District over Biden by just under 4.5 points

Wild won her second term in Congress by beating Republican Lisa Scheller by just under 4 points in 2020. In 2018, Wild defeated Republican Marty Nothstein by 10 points for the open 7th Congressional District seat in the Lehigh Valley, while also winning the special election by a razor thin margin to represent the old 15th District, which was vacated by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh). 

Sec. Hillary Clinton narrowly bested Trump in these boundaries in 2016 and Biden won the district again in 2020. 

It is unclear what the reelection campaigns will look like for the three in the program in 2022, due to upcoming redistricting. 

Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation is locked even at 9 Democrats and 9 Republicans each.

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