Contribute Now to Top House Races for 2008

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NOW UPDATED THANKS TO KARL ROVE! This page is dedicated to targeting the top House races of 2008 (and yes, we can start predicting which those will be) as well as preparing the ground for a Presidential victory in 2008. With this in mind, where prime House races don't yet have a way to raise money for Democrats, I have included state-level party organizations for that state if it also is an important presidential state. That can help prepare the ground for House and Presidential victories. FL-16, FL-13, OH-18, OH-2, PA-10, MI-9, NC-8, IA-3, NH-1, TX-22, WI-8, and CA-11 are the House races most likely to be hotly contested in 2008. FL, OH, PA, MI, NC, IA and NH are very likely to be hotly contested for the Presidency as well with WI, CA and TX more likely to fall neatly into the blue or red category, but still possibly contested.



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Tim Mahoney

FL-16

When long-time GOP incumbent Mark Foley was forced to resign in late September 2006 due to revelations about sexually explicit communications with teenage male congressional pages, FL-16 became a sudden pick-up opportunity. In the end, Tim Mahoney was able to barely defeat a last-minute Republican candidate, winning by a single point. This will be one of the most hotly contested races in 2008, particularly since Florida is bound to be one of the most hotly contested states for the Presidency. Defense of this House seat is a TOP PRIORITY for 2008.

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Christine Jennings Recount Fund

FL-13

Christine Jennings probably won. But, 18,000 votes for Congress "lost" by electronic voting machines primarily in Democratic districts cost her the election. She has vowed to continue to fight for fair elections AND for the Congressional seat. Look for a rematch in 2008 and donations now will REALLY help.

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Zachary Space

OH-18

In a situation similar to that for FL-16, the sudden collapse of a Republican incumbent (Congressman Bob Ney, now in jail) to massive corruption led to an unexpected pick up by Zach Space. This will also be one of the hottest races in 2008, and again made more so by the fact that Ohio will be hotly contested for the Presidency as well.

Ohio House Democratic Caucus

I am including this on this page because another Ohio House race, OH-2, currently has no way to fundraise for 2008 on Act Blue. We came close to winning this one and getting rid of the nasty Jean Schmidt. Paul Hackett might run here. Or last year's near winner, Victoria Wulsin, might run again. Either way, we need to prepare the entire state of Ohio to go big for Space in OH-18, whichever Democrat runs in OH-2, and for the Democratic candidate for President. I am a big believer in building the local and state party to help the bigger races. So I urge a donation to help the state-level races because those will help turn out the vote for Congress and President. I call it reverse coat-tails.

Ohio Democratic Party - Federal Account

I am including this on this page because another Ohio House race, OH-2, currently has no way to fundraise for 2008 on Act Blue. We came close to winning this one and getting rid of the nasty Jean Schmidt. Paul Hackett might run here. Or last year's near winner, Victoria Wulsin, might run again. Either way, we need to prepare the entire state of Ohio to go big for Space in OH-18, whichever Democrat runs in OH-2, and for the Democratic candidate for President. I am a big believer in building the local and state party to help the bigger races. So I urge a donation to help the state-level races because those will help turn out the vote for Congress and President. I call it reverse coat-tails.

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Chris Carney

PA-10

This district is 58% Republican, and was one of the “scandal pickups” of 2006, along with TX-22, FL-16, OH-18, and others. Carney was only narrowly able to beat an incumbent who was accused of abusing his mistress! This will be another top targeted race of 2008 AND is in one of the states that will be most contested for President.

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PA House Democratic Campaign Committee

As with Ohio I think it is worth targeting state level races to help prepare the way for the Federal races. Local organizing is CRITICAL for winning House and Presidential races and this is one way to strengthen the local organizing.

Pennsylvania Democratic Party - Federal Account

As with Ohio I think it is worth targeting state level races to help prepare the way for the Federal races. Local organizing is CRITICAL for winning House and Presidential races and this is one way to strengthen the local organizing.

MI-09 Democratic Nominee Fund 2008

MI-09

Joe Knollenberg has been a reliable vote rubber-stamp vote for George W. Bush’s policies. In the November 2006 election we came closer than ever to unseating Joe Knollenberg. Our biggest shortcoming was the money required to run a copetitive campaign. We aim to change that in 2008.2008 is going to be the year the we retire Joe Knollenberg (R) from Michigan’s 9th Congressional district. Joe said he would only serve two terms when he took office, well, he’s been in Congress for 7 terms. It’s time for Joe to retire, so we’re going to help him.

Your contribution will go to whoever the Democratic nominee is for the 2008 Congressional cycle and will help to fund a successful campaign to put a Democrat in Joe’s seat. The Democratic Campaign Committee has already targeted Joe Knollenberg and your contribution will convince them to support the nominee for this seat.

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Michigan Democratic Party - Federal Account

I am particularly interested in helping the Michigan Democratic Party for two reasons. A top Democratic strategist from the Clinton Admninistration has predicted that Michigan, as well as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri, is one of the absolute top states for Democrats to target for the Presidential race of 2008. Furthermore, the Michigan Democratic Party is the first state level party to adopt the very grassroots Blue Tiger Democrats strategy for reconnecting the Democratic Party with the local community. For both of these reasons, and to help win MI-9, I am pushing for support of the Michigan Democratic Party.

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Larry Kissell

NC-08

We came so close to winning this one in 2006. This was one of the closest races of the year and went into a long recount. Kissell is eager for a rematch. I consider this race one of our top pick up opportunities of 2008.

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Carol Shea-Porter

NH-01

This is going to be an almost certain rematch of 2006. In one of the biggest upsets of 2006, an anti-war Democrat unseated a GOP incumbent who had never received a serious challenge in New Hampshire’s more conservative district. The Republicans want the district back and I promise you they will get nasty very soon. This is one we will be defending in 2008.

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Nick Lampson

TX-22

This was our sweetest pick up of 2006: the seat Tom DeLay was forced to resign from due to his massive corruption. This is a 65% Republican district, so it will be hard to defend in 2008. We need to start early to defend it.

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Steve Kagen

WI-08

In a minor upset, Kagen defeated the state Assembly speaker in an open race for the GOP-leaning WI-8 around the Green Bay/Appleton area. But with former Rep. Mark Green, a popular conservative who left to run for governor in 2006, considering a comeback, this is likely to be a hot race in 2008. Wisconsin is likely to go Dem in 2008's Presidential race, but we can't take that for granted. So defending this seat also has implications for the Presidential race.

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Jerry McNerney

CA-11

This was one of the best wins with a wind-power engineer who resigned his commission at West Point to protest the Vietnam war beating one of the most corrupt Republicans who has so far escaped indictment. McNerney is one of the grassroots favorites and one of the top-targeted Democrat by Republicans in 2008.

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Ed Fallon

IA-03

This is the race for IA-3. Leonard Boswell, the Democratic incumbent, is very likely to retire. Boswell is mixed on about every issue. Not bad, but not great. He recently recovered, thankfully, from a bout with cancer and rumors have been floating that he may retire. He has been heavily targeted by Republicans because he was seen as weak due to ill health, yet he has managed to barely win despite the cynical attacks of Republicans. Ed Fallon is a younger, more progressive candidate. I do not necessarily wish to push Boswell aside…but he has been contemplating retirement for some time and maybe it is time for a younger, more progressive candidate. Ed is raising money through the progressive grassroots and has a good shot here. I think it is better to secure this district once and for all rather than continue barely winning year after year.

OH-02 Democratic Nominee Fund

OH-02

This seat is currently held by Jean Schmidt (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

OH-15 Democratic Nominee Fund

OH-15

This seat is currently held by Deborah Pryce (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

OH-16 Democratic Nominee Fund

OH-16

This seat is currently held by Ralph Regala (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

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Jason Altmire

PA-04

This is a Democratic seat targeted by Karl Rove for 2008.

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Joseph Sestak Jr

PA-07

This is a Democratic seat targeted by Karl Rove for 2008.

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Patrick Murphy

PA-08

This is a Democratic seat targeted by Karl Rove for 2008.

PA-06 Democratic Nominee Fund

PA-06

This seat is currently held by Jim Gerlach (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

PA-16 Democratic Nominee Fund

PA-16

This seat is currently held by Joe Pitts (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

MI-03 Democratic Nominee Fund

MI-03

This seat is currently held by Vernon Ehlers (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

MI-07 Democratic Nominee Fund

MI-07

This seat is currently held by Tim Walberg (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

CO-04 Democratic Nominee Fund

CO-04

This seat is currently held by Marilyn Musgrave (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

MN-06 Democratic Nominee Fund

MN-06

This seat is currently held by Michele Marie Bachmann (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

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Ciro Rodriguez

TX-23

This is a Democratic seat targeted by Karl Rove for 2008.

NC-09 Democratic Nominee Fund

NC-09

This seat is currently held by Sue Myrick (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

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Heath Shuler

NC-11

This is a Democratic seat targeted by Karl Rove for 2008.

VA-01 Democratic Nominee Fund 2008

VA-01

This seat is currently held by Jo Ann Davis (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

VA-02 Democratic Nominee Fund 2008

VA-02

This seat is currently held by Thelma Drake (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is on Karl Rove's list of weak Republican seats.

VA-05 Democratic Nominee Fund 2008

VA-05

This seat is currently held by Virgil Goode (R). Contributions to this fund will be sent to the Democratic nominee upon his or her selection. This is one of those longshots that are well worth taking...after all, in 2006 most of the seats we picked up were considered longshots.

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