NRCC Adds Houlahan to 2022 Target List
A fourth Pennsylvania Democrat has been added to the National Republican Campaign Committee’s 2022 target list.
On Tuesday, the NRCC added 10 new targets in the House for 2022, including Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester).
“Republicans are on offense all across the country,” said NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer.
All ten new targets are in states that are slated to lose a seat following reapportionment.
Houlahan now joins Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh), who were on the initial 2022 NRCC target list.
There are now 57 targets for the NRCC for the 2022 cycle.
In 2020, the NRCC targeted Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild, but not Houlahan.
Houlahan secured a second term in Congress in 2020 to represent the 6th Congressional District by defeating GOP challenger John Emmons by 12 points. According to Daily Kos, Joe Biden bested Donald Trump by 15 points in the Philadelphia suburban district.
While Houlahan won by double digits in 2020, Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild, all won reelection by less than 5 points in their most recent races.
This is the second list that the NRCC has placed Houlahan on.
In March, the NRCC named Houlahan and three other Pennsylvania Democrats on their “exit list,” following reports that the Chester County Democrat is mulling a potential run for U.S. Senate in 2022.
Houlahan raised just over $580,000 in 2021’s first quarter, which is the most of any incumbent in the state for the first three months of the year. Houlahan entered April 2021 with $3.5 million cash on hand.
Houlahan and Lamb are the lone Pennsylvania Democrats on both the NRCC’s Exit and target list.
Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation is currently locked even at 9 Democrats and 9 Republicans each.
However, Pennsylvania will lose a seat after redistricting, making it difficult for any challenger and incumbent to accurately size up their 2022 prospects.