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Momentum: The expanding field in the House

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The DCCC continues to expand the list of races that are in play. Yes, expand the list. This is the time of year when the list of races in play tends to shrink. That's true for the GOP as the post below shows. But it's not true for the Democrats this year. Now is the time to give a major Hat Tip to Chris Bowers at MyDD who has been saying since November 2004 that Democrats need to run candidates in every single district. 2006 is the manifestation of why that is critical.

The DCCC has two lists going. Red to Blue are the top targets. They've added two "waves" to their original targets.

I love the Emerging races list which "is made up of candidates who have taken traditionally non-competitive districts and, through the strength of their campaigns, put themselves in a position to win in November." Take a look at these candidates, the districts and the opponents. These races have some of the nasty, seemingly safest, GOP members of Congress. It's amazing that these races are in play, but they are.

Now is the time to redouble our efforts. If you live in a target state of district, you're already volunteering, right? If not, pick the district of one of your least favorite members (Musgrave? Reynolds? Schmidt?) and do something for those campaigns.

You can always volunteer for MoveOn's Call for Change. With them, you can call from home in to target districts.

The DCCC added five more candidates to this list today. It's actually inspiring to see the whole list -- these candidates are really, truly on the front lines:

Jason Altmire (PA-04) running against Melissa Hart.

Charlie Brown (CA-04) running against John Doolittle.

Francine Busby (CA-50) running against Brian Bilbray (again).

Jack Davis (NY-26) running against NRCC Chair Tom Reynolds.

Jay Fawcett (CO-O5)
running for an open seat against Doug Lamborn.

Judy Feder (VA-10) running against Frank Wolf.

Larry Grant (ID-01) running for an open seat against Bill Sali.

Peter Goldmark (WA-05) running against Cathy McMorris.

John Hall (NY-19) running against Sue Kelly.

Dr. Tom Hayhurst (IN-03) running against Mark Souder.

Larry Kissell (NC-08) running against Robin Hayes.

Scott Kleeb (NE-03) running for an open seat against Adrian Smith.

Eric Massa (NY-29)
running against Randy Kuhl.

Jerry McNerney (CA-11) running against Richard Pombo.

Dave Mejias (NY-03)
running against Peter King.

Maxine Moul (NE-01) running against Jeffrey Fortenberry.

Dan Seals (IL-10) running against Mark Kirk.

Bob Shamansky (OH-12)
running against Pat Tiberi.

Ellen Simon (AZ-01) running against Richard Renzi.

Charlie Stuart (FL-08) running against Ric Keller.

Tim Walz (MN-01)
running against Gil Gutknecht.

Victoria Wulsin (OH-02) running against Mean Jean Schmidt.

John Yarmuth (KY-03) running against Anne Northup.

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