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Democrats Identify Vulnerable Members for 2018
DCCC names 19 incumbents to Frontline Program

New Hampshire Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, chairwoman of the DCCC’s Frontline Program, is herself a Frontline member heading into 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday is naming 19 members to the Frontline Program for its most vulnerable incumbents in 2018.

The initial Frontline roster, obtained first by Roll Call, is about half freshman members. Eight members won in districts President Donald Trump carried last fall. And all of them, save for one, are National Republican Congressional Committee initial targets.

NRCC Goes After Blue-Collar Districts in 2018
GOP campaign arm releases list of 36 initial targets

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event in Duluth for fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list of offensive targets for 2018 includes 36 Democrat-held districts, many in blue-collar areas of the country.

If Democrats are targeting the well-educated suburbs (see New Jersey’s 11th District, for example), where Donald Trump either barely won or underperformed, Republicans are going after many rural districts where Hillary Clinton underperformed the congressional ticket. 

Democrat Salud Carbajal Elected in California's 24th District
Carbajal replaces Democratic Rep. Lois Capps

Democrat Salud Carbajal is elected in California’s 24th District, replacing Democratic Rep. Lois Capps.

Democrat Salud Carbajal will defeat Republican Justin Fareed in California’s 24th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Carbajal led Fareed 55 percent to 45 percent with 67 percent of precincts reporting.

Could the GOP Deficit in California Grow This Year?
Turnout could be a problem for Golden State Republicans

With Democrats trying to tie California Rep. Jeff Denham to the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the GOP is now spending in the Golden State's 10th District, too. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have a California problem.

The party has been slowly losing representation in the state’s congressional delegation over the past two decades. And with GOP enthusiasm for Donald Trump lacking, there’s concern about low turnout hurting the state’s Republican incumbents.

Millennials Rage Against the Machine (and Lose)
2016 has not been a good year for young Democratic hopefuls

New Jersey congressional candidate Alex Law had a plan, just not a viable one. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alex Law came to our candidate interview with three interns, and I think one of them was wearing shorts.  

Some of my colleagues chastised me for scheduling a meeting with a 24-year-old kid challenging Rep. Donald Norcross in a Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 1st District, considering Norcross comes from one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most powerful political families.  

First GOP Incumbent to Fall on Busy Primary Day
One of North Carolina's Republican members will lose on Tuesday

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., left, arrives for a House Republican Conference meeting in October. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tuesday will be a busy day for congressional candidates, with primaries in four states.  

No matter what, the first GOP incumbent of the year will lose.  

Spanish-Language Ad Ties California Republican to Trump
House Majority PAC goes on air ahead of June 7 primary

House Majority PAC and CHC Bold PAC are tying a California Republican to the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump. (Screenshot of ad).

Two House Democratic groups are stepping into a California race just weeks before the June 7 top-two primary to make the case that the Republican, an immigrant from Lebanon, is no different from Donald Trump.  

House Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Democrats running for the House, and CHC Bold PAC, the "voice for Latinos in American politics," are going up with a $300,000 media campaign Tuesday in support of Democrat Salud Carbajal and against Republican Katcho Achadjian in the 24th District.  

Opposition Research Comes Out of the Shadows
Catalog of embarrassing info says running back 'did not play a single game'

Democrats posted all 535 pages of opposition research it had gathered on Virginia Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If Republican Barbara Comstock ever wonders what attacks are coming her way later this year, the Virginia congresswoman can read the entire 535-page opposition research book on her life, which Democrats posted online.  

Strategists at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did not publish the document by accident. It’s just one example of how both parties publicly share information in order to avoid illegal coordination with outside groups and running afoul of campaign finance laws.  

Millennials Raising Money to Run, But Can They Win?
Both parties can use some fresher faces to promote to voters

Justin Fareed narrowly missed a runoff for a House seat in 2014. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Millennials have a reputation for being lazy, but a bipartisan crop of young congressional candidates is raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, which they’ll need, considering they are taking on the political establishment.  

Considering the average age of a House member is 57, both parties could use some fresher faces to promote to voters.