After 40 House seats swung to Democrats in the 2018 midterms, the Republican Party is targeting dozens of them ahead of 2020 in a bid to win back control of the chamber.
The House GOP’s campaign wing has released a list of 55 seats it will target next year, mostly by portraying Democrats as the party of socialism, CNBC reported.
The targeted seats include 41 of the 43 the GOP lost to Democrats — many weeks after polls closed in November.
In particular, the National Republican Congressional Committee will concentrate much of its effort on states where the party lost biggest last year including California, New Jersey, and New York.
The GOP will attempt to portray Democratic freshmen as supportive of socialist economic policies that they will point to as destructive wherever they are tried, such as in Venezuela, which is on the brink of collapse.
POTUS Donald Trump, meanwhile, appears to have already embraced that strategy after declaring the U.S. “will never be a socialist country” to great applause during his State of the Union Address Tuesday.
“Freedom or socialism — that’s the choice in 2020,” NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said in a statement.
Democrats, meanwhile, have targeted an additional 33 seats in highly educated, diverse districts with an emphasis on Texas.
Democrats hold a 235-199 majority in the House after gaining a net 40 seats in November. One seat in North Carolina remains vacate though the GOP candidate claims he won as the state looks into allegations of election fraud.
In particular, the GOP plans to target Democrats in red districts who won surprising victories last year by portraying them as beholden to the party’s embrace of socialism.
The NRCC said that 31 of the districts it is targeting were carried by POTUS Trump in 2016.
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