After losing control of the House during the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans are now looking to regain lost seats, and are gearing up for 2020.
As the weekend rolled in, House Republicans had already begun their aggressive campaign plan targeting 55 districts and seats the GOP hopes to reclaim from their Democrat opponents.
Republicans plan to target far-left freshmen Democrats by targeting the growing radicalism within the Democratic Party, including policies of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others, which have left traditional Democrats uneasy and increasingly alienated.
With 2020 drawing ever nearer, Republicans are now attacking Democrats linked to the far-left politicians while encouraging voters that the upcoming election will come down to a choice between “freedom or socialism.”
Republicans aim to gain ground in the House next year in part by trying to reclaim dozens of seats lost in November’s midterm wipeout.
The House GOP’s campaign arm released its 55 targeted districts for 2020 on Friday, as Republicans try to narrow or overcome the chamber’s new Democratic majority. It includes 41 of the 43 seats Democrats flipped in 2018 as they won a House majority.
The National Republican Congressional Committee will put an emphasis on states where it suffered the most losses last year, including California, New Jersey and New York. The party will try to knock off freshman Democrats by portraying a leftward drift in the party — a strategy President Donald Trump has already embraced for his 2020 re-election campaign.
“Freedom or socialism — that’s the choice in 2020,” NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said in a statement. Republicans have pointed to proposals such as Medicare for all or dramatically higher tax rates on the wealthy, embraced by the more liberal wing of the House, to cast Democrats as socialists.
The NRCC has recently targeted Democrats in red districts — including 2018’s most surprising winners in Reps. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Kendra Horn of Oklahoma — by tying them to the party’s most liberal members. The group on Thursday hammered the Green New Deal, a sprawling plan to remake the U.S. economy and energy industry proposed by self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.