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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. 

David Jolly Hires Charlie Crist Staffer for 2018
Jolly has not decided whether to run for office again

Former GOP Rep. David Jolly has hired the district director of the man who defeated him, Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, to advise him for the 2018 political cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. David Jolly, ousted by Democrat Charlie Crist just two and half months ago, hasn’t yet decided to run for office again. But in a sign that the Florida Republican may be gearing up for a rematch in the 13th District, Jolly has hired a Crist staffer as a senior adviser for the 2018 cycle. 

Vito Sheeley worked as campaign outreach director for Crist’s congressional campaign and district director for the congressman for the 115th Congress, which has only been in session for about three weeks. 

Gubernatorial Losers Descend on Next Congress
Up to six new House Members previously lost a race for governor

Rep.-elect Anthony Brown, who lost a governor’s race in Maryland two years ago, walks down the House steps for the 115th Congress freshman class group photo during the first week of orientation on Nov. 15. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Getting to know your new classmates is always an awkward experience, but a handful of new House members will have at least one thing in common: losing a race for governor.

Two years ago, Democrat Anthony Brown lost the Maryland gubernatorial race to Republican Larry Hogan in an upset, 51 percent to 47 percent. But the former lieutenant governor rebounded to win a competitive Democratic primary this year in Maryland’s 4th District when Rep. Donna Edwards decided to run for the Senate. Brown cruised in the general election and will be coming to Congress next year.

New Member: Democrat Charlie Crist Elected in Florida’s 13th District
Defeats GOP Rep. Jolly in district that became more Democratic after redistricting

Democrat Charlie Crist is heading to Congress after unseating GOP Rep. David Jolly. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now a Democrat, will defeat Republican Rep. David Jolly in Florida’s 13th District, The Associated Press projects.

Crist led Jolly 52 percent to 48 percent with nearly 99 percent of precincts reporting.

Giuliani Makes Good on Long-held Grudge Against Crist
Giuliani claims former governor hurt his 2008 presidential campaign

Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, left, talks to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, before testifying on Capitol Hill in 2012. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rudy Giuliani never forgets.

The onetime mafia prosecutor told a newspaper columnist Monday that he still blames former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for his dashed presidential ambitions in 2008 — because, Giuliani maintains, Crist didn't keep a promise to endorse him.

Ratings Change: 3 House Races Move Out of Safe
Seats in Florida, Indiana, Minnesota becoming more competitive

Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minnesota, still has the advantage, but his race is getting tighter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

On the eve of the conventions, with Republicans poised to nominate reality show celebrity Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, we’re still waiting for the bottom to drop out of the election for the GOP and jeopardize dozens of House seats.

Thus far, the universe of House battleground districts has been fairly static. Democrats claim they are adding seats to the competitive map, but many of those are districts they haven’t contested in years and finally have a warm body to run in.

Democrats Reserve Airtime to Expand House Map
House Majority PAC adds reservations in six new districts

The House Majority PAC is targeting Utah Rep. Mia Love's district with an ad reservation for the fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Majority PAC reserved broadcast and cable airtime in seven new media markets Monday, covering six congressional districts that are either Tossups or Republican-leaning seats the party hopes to put in play this fall.   

The PAC's reservations for the fall now exceed $24 million across 30 media markets.   

Florida's David Jolly Running for Re-election to the House
The GOP congressman will drop out of the Senate race

Jolly is reportedly running for re-election to Florida's 13th District. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Rep. David Jolly is running for re-election in the 13th District.  

"Today I'm asking you for the opportunity to keep doing my job," Jolly wrote in an email to supporters Friday afternoon. "I ask for your support in seeking reelection to the House of Representatives."  

Democrats Likely to Bank Trio of GOP House Seats
Virginia’s 4th District, Florida’s 10th and 13th districts look favorable

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is poised to head to Congress as a Democrat. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has declined to run in Florida’s 13th District, closing the book on a Republican scenario to hold the seat. Baker's decision makes it all but certain that a third GOP-held district will go to Democrats this cycle.  

The court-mandated redrawing of Florida’s congressional map changed the 13th District from a competitive district to a Democratic-leaning seat that President Barack Obama won with 55 percent of the vote in 2012.