Democrats Expanding Battlefield Into Trump Country
DCCC adds 20 more GOP seats to its target list

The DCCC is targeting California Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday added 20 seats to its target list for 2018. The House Democrats’ campaign arm is now going after 79 Republican-held seats in the midterms.

President Donald Trump won these newly targeted seats by anywhere from 6 to 49 points. The first round of 59 targets, announced in January, included the 23 GOP-held seats that Hillary Clinton carried last fall. But it also included plenty of red districts, including at least eight districts that Trump carried by 15 points or more.

New Member: GOP's Jack Bergman Claims Michigan’s 1st District
Incumbent GOP Rep. Dan. Benishek is retiring after three terms

Jack Bergman won his Michigan 1st District race. (Photo courtesy Jack Bergman for Congress Facebook page)

Republican Jack Bergman has defeated Democrat Lon Johnson in Michigan’s 1st District, The Associated Press projects.

Bergman led Johnson 54 percent to 41 percent with 83 percent of precincts reporting. 

Democratic Gains in House Depend on Clinton's Success
Candidates in white, working-class districts must overperform even the presidential nominee

Maine Democrat Emily Cain, seen here bowing her head in prayer at the Franco American Heritage Center’s monthly La Rencontre last month, is running in a district where Trump is beating Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. 

Even before Donald Trump became the GOP presidential nominee, House Democrats heralded Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as the key to winning battleground races in all manner of swing districts.

Ratings Changes in 12 Competitive House Races
6 races shift toward Democrats but 6 improve for Republicans

Iowa Rep. David Young's' re-election contest in the state's 3rd District moves from Tossup to Tilts Republican, according to The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call's latest race rating. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With five weeks to go before Election Day, Democrats are still waiting for Donald Trump to create the nationwide swell that would be necessary to put the Republicans’ House majority into play. House races are often late to engage but, thus far, the developments have been a mixed bag for Democrats, keeping sizable gains out of reach.

The lack of vulnerable Democrats — and the resiliency of many Republican incumbents in the face of an unpopular presidential nominee — could amount to a historic election in the House, but not in the way one might think. The cycle could produce the fewest number of House seats to flip party control in 60 years.

Nominees Set in Competitive Michigan House Race
Indian-American finishes first in Washington primary for safe Democratic seat

Rep. Dan Benishek's retirement set off a battleground race to replace him in Michigan's 1st District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated Aug. 5 |  Voters in Washington and Michigan have selected their nominees in three open congressional seats, one of which is a battleground district.  

In Michigan's 1st District, a competitive seat in November, retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman won the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary. Current GOP Rep. Dan Benishek is retiring at the end of this term.   

House Majority PAC Adds TV Reservations for Iowa and Michigan
Democratic PAC has reserved $19.6 million across 23 media markets

House Majority PAC is reserving time in Iowa's 3rd District, where Jim Mowrer, above, is taking on GOP Rep. David Young. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that helps elect Democrats to the House, placed additional TV reservations Monday that bring its total early ad buys to more than $19.6 million across 23 media markets for the final weeks of the 2016 campaign.   

The new reservations include $214,000 in Marquette, Michigan, and $378,000 in Traverse City, Michigan.  

GOP, Dem Campaign Committees Launch Mirror Attacks
Both groups want Michigan state legislators back in Michigan

Driskell is seeking the seat held by Walberg, above. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Washington was apparently the place to be this week for Michigan state legislators running for Congress in 2016. But should they have been back in Michigan doing their jobs?  

The National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee agree on that, it seems. Both groups blasted out emails within 30 minutes of each other attacking the opposing party's recruit for shirking their legislative duties to raise money in D.C.