A trio of significant recruitment developments in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York should provide some fresh optimism for House Democrats.
The most recent is Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s reemergence as a potential challenger to Republican Rep. John Katko in New York’s 24th District. Katko’s personal popularity makes him formidable even in wave-like conditions. But Miner’s candidacy would ensure this Hillary Clinton-carried district is added to the party’s list of top pickup opportunities, grouping Katko in with other targeted New York Republicans, John Faso and Claudia Tenney.
The party picked up a seat last year in New Jersey and will target several more in 2018, including House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen and Leonard Lance. With Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s retirement and Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew’s campaign announcement Wednesday, the 2nd District likely gives the party its best chance of the bunch.
Taking control of the House will also require playing some defense, and New Hampshire Executive Councilor Chris Pappas’s formal campaign launch Tuesday gives Democrats a good shot to hold the Granite State’s open 1st District, which is a top Republican target.
— Kyle Trygstad