DCCC Announces Second Round of ‘Red to Blue’ Candidates
With seven additions, Red to Blue program includes 18 challengers so far

Army veteran Max Rose, who’s running in New York’s 11th District, has been named by the DCCC to its Red to Blue list. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is naming seven more candidates to its Red to Blue program, which highlights Democratic recruits who have met certain campaign goals.

The list of challengers, obtained first by Roll Call, brings the total number of Red to Blue candidates to 18. The DCCC is rolling out additions to its list more frequently and in more targeted batches than in previous cycles. The committee released its first round of picks in November.

GOP Rep. Mia Love Wins a Second Term in Utah's 4th District
Slow vote count criticized by state Republican Party

Rep. Mia Love wins a second term in Utah's 4th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated Nov. 11 11:51 a.m.  | Republican Rep. Mia Love will hold off Democratic challenger Doug Owens in their rematch for Utah’s 4th District, The Associated Press projects.

Love was leading Owens 53 percent to 42 percent with 78 percent of precincts reporting as of Friday morning, but the counting in Salt Lake County has been remarkably slow, with Love's campaign anticipating the margin will grow.

Anti-Abortion Group Worries Trump Will Depress Turnout Among 'Pro-Life Voters'
Susan B. Anthony List to help Mia Love mitigate Trump effect down ballot

Utah Rep. Mia Love is in a tough race against a well-funded Democratic opponent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A leading anti-abortion group is undertaking a major effort to help one of the Republican Party's rising congressional stars, worried that Donald Trump's presence on the ticket could depress turnout among a key constituency — "pro-life voters."

The Susan B. Anthony List, acting through its super PAC Women Speak Out, is preparing a combination of digital ads, phone calls, and in-person voter contacts to support Rep. Mia Love, the Utah congresswoman locked in a tough race against a well-funded Democratic opponent. 

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.   

Rating Change: Utah GOP Congresswoman Less Safe for Re-Election
Personal and national factors make Mia Love's race worth watching

Rep. Mia Love may not be a sure bet for re-election in Utah's 4th District, according to a recent poll. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A recent public poll showing Republican Rep. Mia Love trailing Democratic challenger Doug Owens by 6 points doesn’t smell quite right. But the congresswoman could still be in for a competitive race, even though Utah’s 4th District isn’t a typical swing seat.  

The June 2-8 automated poll conducted by SurveyUSA for The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute showed Owens with a 51-45 percent advantage in a hypothetical general election matchup. Operatives on both sides of the aisle are skeptical of the polling numbers, but Democrats are determined to defeat Love and some Republicans concede that the race is worth watching.  

The Seats Democrats Must Win to Retake House
Minority party must gain 30 seats in November; little to no room for error

Democrats are focusing on more suburban districts, where they believe changing demographics are moving seats into the Democratic column, in their effort to regain the majority in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Democratic chances of taking back the House improve with the success of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, party strategists are trying to figure out exactly how and where it’s going to happen. It’s not too difficult to see Democrats gaining 10, or even 20, seats in November, but gaining the 30 required for a majority is more difficult and will require Democrats winning a large swath of seats where Republicans are currently heavy favorites.  

Winning the House majority is more than focusing on the presidential margin and allotting House seats to Democrats because of the strength of some GOP incumbents. For example, Democrats are not going to defeat Republican Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo this year, even though President Barack Obama won New Jersey’s 2nd with 54 percent, or win New Jersey’s 3rd (which Obama won with 52 percent), where wealthy GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur could easily outspend any challenger.