One Democrat who supports the GOP's map is Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio. He has been making robocalls to state legislators supporting the GOP proposal that preserves his Cleveland-based district but throws him into a likely primary with fellow Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio. When asked if there would be retribution for Kucinich's apparent treason, Israel paused, before saying of the oft-unpredictable Kucinich, that "Dennis is Dennis." As Israel surveyed the House landscape one year after the party's historic losses, he argued that redistricting as a whole would be a wash for both parties, where either side could gain a handful of seats. He pointed to maps in Illinois, where he forecasted Democrats could pick up between two and four seats, and California, where he said his party could net between three and five. North Carolina presents Democrats with the toughest challenges, after Republicans drew a map that could net them up to four seats. But Israel pointed to individual members' ability to survive tough races there over the last several cycles, arguing that would make them better prepared for a GOP onslaught. "I do not concede a district in North Carolina," Israel said. "They are battle tested, they are field ready, they know what to do. Yes, the hill may have gotten a little steeper, but they know how to make that climb." He also said that he expected Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., the subject of recent retirement rumors, would be running for re-election. Israel also underscored that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would support Democratic incumbents "in every instance, across the board," if they find themselves in primary fights with Democratic challengers - such as the challenge Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas faces against an up-and-coming state Rep. Joaquin Castro, in the state's proposed new 35th District. But former members looking to make a comeback won't be able to expect DCCC assistance in primaries. Nine former members of Congress are running again, including Nevada's Dina Titus, Florida's Alan Grayson and New York's Dan Maffei. Titus announced on Thursday she would run in the 1st District instead of her old 3rd District - setting up a primary showdown with rising Hispanic hopeful, state Sen. Ruben Kihuen. Israel said the DCCC would remain "religiously agnostic" in those type of primary battles.
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