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View Diary: DCCC recruits right-wing extremist to run for Congress in Ohio's 6th District (299 comments)

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  •  From experience... (4+ / 0-)

    The DCCC's targeting metrics are based on registration, historical fundraising strength of targeted opponents, past district voting results, and a candidate's Q1 fundraising.

    If they look at a district and see an incumbent with lackluster fundraising, a PVI of less than R+3 or so (exceptions are made, but not too often), and encouraging demographics (usually rising minority populations or other pro-Dem demographics), they'll recruit a candidate in the district or co-opt someone who is already looking at running and has a clean sheet. It may look like they're "pro-right wing" or something like that, but I assure you, it has nothing to do with ideology. If you saw their talking points, you'd know that's true. It's an issue of viability; they don't care who the Dem is, they just want someone who can viably win the district. Most blue districts (where progressive messages would work) are already held by Democrats. Therefore, a disproportionate number of "targeted" districts will naturally be slightly more conservative and, as a result, will attract more centrist or even conservative Democrats as candidates..

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