Democratic Super-PAC Targets 10 House Republicans

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Representative Michele Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota and former GOP presidential candidate, left, is prepped for an interview in Washington.

A leading Democratic super-political action committee is identifying 10 House Republicans whom it will target for defeat in the 2014 midterm elections.

House Majority PAC said in a statement today that it would seek to unseat Michele Bachmann and John Kline of Minnesota, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Gary Miller of California, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Michael Grimm of New York, Joe Heck of Nevada, David Joyce of Ohio and Steve Southerland of Florida.

Most of the districts featured a close race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in November. Obama carried districts that also re-elected Kline, Coffman, Miller, Grimm and Heck, according to data compiled by Political Capital. The president won Kline’s district by 226 votes and lost Fitzpatrick’s suburban Philadelphia district by 255 votes.

Bachmann represents a strongly Republican district, though she was re-elected by 1.2 percentage points after pursuing a failed campaign for the presidency.

Democrats had poor candidate recruitment or execution in some of the districts last year. In Miller’s California district, which takes in San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga, Democrats were shut out of the general election after Miller and another Republican were the top vote-getters in California’s unusual ‘top two’ primary election. Obama won 57 percent in Miller’s district.

House Majority PAC raised $36 million for the 2012 elections through Nov. 26, helping Democrats make a net gain of eight seats to 201 in the 435-member House. Its donors included Fred Eychaner, a Chicago media executive who gave $4 million. Super-PACs can raise money in unlimited amounts.

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