October 15, 2014

SOUNDING THE RETREAT:

House Democrats Shift Funds to Defend Incumbents (KRISTINA PETERSON, 10/15/14, WSJ)
 
President Barack Obama greets Rep. Steve Israel (D., N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee alongside California State Sen. Ted Lieu (L), who is running for U.S. Congress, in Venice, Calif., on Oct. 9, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
The House Democrats' campaign arm is narrowing its focus to protect incumbent lawmakers in the final stretch leading up to next month's midterm elections, Chairman Steve Israel (D., N.Y.) told reporters Wednesday.

Mr. Israel, who heads the  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Democrats' recent reallocation of funds away from some GOP-held districts to shore up incumbent lawmakers underscores the group's commitment to maintaining seats currently held by Democrats. There are currently 233 Republicans, 199 Democrats and three vacancies in the House.

"It's always painful when you have to make a strategic decision based on your imperative to fortify and protect incumbents -- to have to reallocate spending away from districts that are in play," Mr. Israel said. "Our first obligation has always been incumbent protection."

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