But Enyart rejects the notion that the 12th District, which has had just two congressmen (both Democrats) since 1944, is ready to flip. "It's a Democratic seat for exactly those reasons," Enyart said. "The economic policies being put forth by the Republican Party would be disastrous for this district. When you look at this district, we don't have many millionaires who need tax breaks; we have a lot of working-class people who need jobs."
Enyart also noted that the district's population has a high share of seniors. Hours into his candidacy as the Democratic nominee, he is already setting up the same argument on entitlements that Democrats believe drove them to victory in two senior-heavy special elections this cycle, in New York and Arizona. "You have Republicans pushing a Ryan budget, endorsed by Jason Plummer, that would gut Medicare and Social Security as we know it," Enyart said.
Now that he has been selected as the nominee, Enyart has a few challenging weeks ahead as he takes over Costello and Harriman's Democratic network in the middle of the general election season. But Democrats emerged from the selection process with a strong candidate, one they need in a seat that both national campaign committees have named a top November target.