By Kyle Trygstad, Roll Call
As the 112th Congress gets set to open, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already begun strategizing for 2012 as it seeks to cut into the new Republican House majority.
Democrats are weeding through Novemberâ€™s election returns to decipher which Members are the most vulnerable Republicans, beginning with those who won marginal districts. Among others, the committee will target Republicans who won districts President Barack Obama carried in 2008 and those who won with 55 percent or less â€” the mark used as a ceiling for competitive races.
According to a Roll Call count, 32 Republicans fit both criteria. They include incumbents and newly elected Members from all regions of the country, though two-thirds hail from the Northeast and Midwest.
Northeastern targets include New Hampshire Reps.-elect Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass, who is headed back to Congress after losing his seat in 2006, as well as five from New York and New Jersey, and three from Pennsylvania.
The Midwestern targets are centered in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, where another former Member, Steve Chabot, is returning to his old seat. Many of the Midwestern GOPers will be freshmen with political targets on their back in the new Congress.
â€œItâ€™s clearly where they should start,â€ former DCCC Chairman Martin Frost said. â€œThat is the beginning of the comeback.â€
Frost, who led House Democrats out of the deep hole caused by the 1994 elections, said there had been an ongoing dialogue within the party 15 years ago about whether to go after Northeastern Republicans in Democratic districts, many of whom often voted with Democrats in the House. Ultimately he and strategist Mark Gersh decided the Democrats must take charge and not allow those Republicans to â€œget a pass.â€
â€œThose are Democratic seats, and we should target every one of those,â€ Frost said. â€œNow thereâ€™s no dispute that we should go after those Republicans.â€
DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson put it in more partisan terms, saying the Democratsâ€™ â€œopportunities to compete get better each day as voters learn about the real Republican agenda.â€ He said the DCCC â€œwill target members who sell out to this agenda and fail to represent their districts.â€
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