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These are some of the closest races of 2014 and ones we have to win. There are certainly other races worth paying attention to, but I think these are the key races to 2014.

The Greedy Oil Party has, more than ever, become the party of "No!" The party of obstructionism. The Republicans don't care about governing America anymore, all they care about is raw, naked power and greed.

We have to fight back.

Below I list some of the key House races of 2014. Most of these are the "must win" races for BOTH parties. In many cases the Repubs are so desperate to win these races that they are resorting to dirty tricks. Some of these races are longer shots but still possible to win and are in districts that a strong Dem presence will help win statewide races.

Want to win big in 2014? These are the races we need to start with! You can donate to these campaigns on my Key House Races 2014 ActBlue Site.

Alex Sink FL-13

CRITICAL RACE: A special, March 11 election to replace Republican Bill Young. This is a real toss up and a solid shot for us to flip a lean red seat blue even before election 2014 gets going. Alex Sink is the Dem candidate and she was quite good as Florida's elected CFO. Winning this is critical to an aggressive Democratic strategy. Remember, Repubs are so desperate to win this one that they created a fake campaign site to smear Alex Sink. Sadly the FAKE site comes up in a Google search above the real site! Alex Sink has been endorsed by  International Association of Firefighters Local 747 and the Florida Professional Firefighters, the Pinellas County Classroom Teachers Association, the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association and the League of Conservation Voters.

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Joe Garcia FL-26

Another close Florida race, this time playing defense. Joe Garcia has a good shot at re-election, but the numbers are tight and the Republicans would LOVE to take this seat.

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Staci Appel IA-03

This might be our most important race to take from the Republicans. It is a seat that has been held by the Greedy Oil Party for some time, but it is now a solid toss up. That means it is critical that we win this one. Having roots in Iowa (my father is from there) I would love to see this seat get flipped to blue. Staci Appel is our likely candidate...and the Repubs have their dirty tricks squad out to get her with a fake website even before she is officially the Dem nominee!

And on a historical note, if Staci Appel is elected it will be the FIRST TIME Iowa elects a woman to Federal office. I think it is about time Iowa is represented by a woman in Congress!

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Jim Mowrer IA-04

Another race in Iowa, this is the longest shot on this list, but the Repub incumbent is so bad, he may yet mess up his own re-election chances. This is perpetually a close race and though it usually falls to the Repubs, making this competitive will help with statewide Dem races.

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Sean Eldridge NY-19

This is one of a handful of prime chances to flip a red seat in NY state blue, and it is the one where the odds are most evenly balanced. This is another race where the Greedy Oil Party is so desperate to win they created a fake website to smear Sean Eldridge. They don't think they can win this one honestly, so the Repubs once again stooped to lying.

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Carol Shea-Porter NH-01

This is a BIG one. NH-1 is one of our most important seats to defend. This is a pure tossup race in a seat that leans a tad red. Carol Shea-Porter won this seat despite that red tint, and the Greedy Oil Party is eager to take it back. I am eager to STOP them from taking it back.

Plus, Ken Burns likes her!

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Andrew Romanoff CO-06
Another key pick up opportunity. This is a dead heat and one of our best chances to flip a seat. Colorado also has a somewhat close race for Governor this year, so pushing hard in this seat helps state wide candidates as well. This seat was formerly held by Tom Tancredo and would be particularly sweet to flip. I have been pushing to win this seat for years now (ever since Tancredo voted against helping Hurricane Katrina victims) and this year is our best shot. Romanoff has made raising the minimum wage a key part of his campaign. GREAT candidate (though his website is kind of lousy!)

Sadly, the best video I find relevant to Andrew's 2014 campaign is a REPUBLICAN video highlighting Andrew Romanoff's strong support for Obamacare! Still, pro-Obamacare and pro-raising minimum wage makes him a top candidate in my book!

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Aimee Belgard NJ-03

Yet another one of our best chances of flipping a seat to blue. People think of NJ as a blue state, but this race is a dead heat and the Repubs are sweating it. Winning this seat would help solidify New Jersey as a blue state. She is also another voice for increasing the minimum wage!

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Scott Peters CA-52

This is one we have to really defend. A dead heat which the Repubs want to flip to red. We have to hold the line here. Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Sierra Club, San Diego City Firefighters Association, Chicano Democratic Association, Progressive San Diego, League of Conservation Voters, International Association of Fire Fighters, Human Rights Campaign, and many others.

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Jerry Cannon MI-01

This is a red leaning district we have a shot to turn blue. It is also a district that could be important for winning the Senate and Governor races since a strong Dem showing here would help swing statewide races. If we want ANY chance of winning back the House, this is a must win district. Jerry Cannon is a Veteran and a former sheriff, and has been endorsed by  VoteVets.org. He is a supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Act and protecting Social Security.

Here is a Roll Call interview with Jerry: (warning: preceded by an ad)

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Clay Aiken, NC-02

This is a long shot for us, but Clay Aiken is running a surprisingly strong campaign and I think this could be an upset by the end. In addition, high Dem turnout in this district will help us hold the Senate seat.

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Jennifer Garrison, OH-06

Another long shot but one I think is worth fighting to flip. A strong wave of Dem sentiment, say thanks to Obamacare or anger at the Greedy Oil Party's anti-working class and middle class policies, could be enough for us to win this one.

Interview with Jennifer Garrison from Roll Call:

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ-01

A seat we have to defend and one where a strong Dem showing could help win the Governor's seat in Arizona. This race is another target of Repub dirty tricks we have to fight against.

Ann Kirckpatrick has been endorsed by NARAL, Service Employees International Union, Arizona AFL-CIO, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Navajo Nation Fort Defiance Agency, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, Navajo County Superintendent of Schools Linda Morrow, and many others.

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Ron Barber, AZ-02

A seat we have to defend and one where a strong Dem showing could help win the Governor's seat in Arizona. This race is another target of Repub dirty tricks we have to fight against.

League of Conservation Voters for Ron Barber:

http://www.lcv.org/...

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Patrick Henry Hays AR-02

Another red district we have a shot of winning...and another district where a strong Dem showing could help us in Senate and Governor races. Swinging both the House and holding the Senate depend a great deal on this one district.  Former Mayor of North Little Rock Patrick Henry Hays is our candidate here.

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Nick Rahall WV-03

The Koch brothers are desperate to defeat Nick Rahall...and we need to defend this seat...it is also a district where high Dem turnout will help the statewide race for Senate, a race we strongly have to defend. AND, this is yet another race targeted by a dirty tricks campaign by the Greedy Oil Party. Rahall is conservative for a Dem, but it would be far worse if the Koch Brothers have their way in this district.

You can DONATE TO WIN HERE.

Originally posted to mole333 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 07:13 AM PST.

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  •  PA-06 Manan Trivedi has signed on to run again (6+ / 0-)

    Jim Gerlach is not running and this is ripe for a pick up.

    Manan has run twice before. This time could be the charm.

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    by techwriter on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 07:26:43 AM PST

  •  Thank you, mole333 (10+ / 0-)

    Excellent action diary which is exactly what we need here.  I'm not saying I don't love all the GOP governor scandal diaries, but we also must be part of the mobilization process to regain seats in States and Capitol Hill.

    It really isn't too early to GOTV.  I know large swaths of the country have been hammered by miserable weather, but social media and just neighborhood chitchats can do wonders.

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    by gchaucer2 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 07:54:23 AM PST

  •  Fine list. (4+ / 0-)

    I'd add that NY-11 looks doable, thanks to Grimm's bizarre introduction to the national media. Diary here

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    by Crashing Vor on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 07:55:52 AM PST

    •  Heh... (2+ / 0-)
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      NY-11 doesn't make my list for a few of reasons. One is it isn't quite close enough nor is it helping upticket races to quite make the list. There are also reasons of local dynamics that keep me away from it...the whole Staten Island/Brooklyn dynamic as well as the fact that Recchia seems an embarrassing scandal waiting to happen. I know him all too well to actively campaign for him. That said, I would prefer Recchia to Grimm any day. I just can't quite see personally focusing on it.

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      by mole333 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 08:15:16 AM PST

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  •  Great diary, thanks! Nt (2+ / 0-)
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    by GoGoGoEverton on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 08:23:06 AM PST

  •  Nice list, (3+ / 0-)

    including a couple that weren't previously on my radar. I'll agree with Crashing Vor, though, why not NY-11 (though Recchia is already well-funded)?

    Another race I wonder if you've looked at is NY-1. Once again, Tim Bishop is being challenged by a self-funded Republican, George Demos this time. Bishop has been a target of this type of challenge repeatedly, and only won against another self-funder, Randy Altshuler, by less than 600 votes in 2010. His district has more registered Rs than Ds, but Bishop has the advantage of deep, deep roots in the area.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 08:25:46 AM PST

    •  NY-1 and NY-11 (1+ / 0-)
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      One leans D one leans R. Both are just off my somewhat arbitrary scale (I am focusing on the more solid tossups or ones that help GOTV for statewide office). However, both are ones I considered. As you know I have several issues with Recchia, though good luck to him. Bishop tends to squeak by year after year. I might add him if he looks more endangered.

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      by mole333 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 10:44:17 AM PST

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      •  And I don't (0+ / 0-)

        have issues with Recchia? He'd still be one more vote for Nancy Pelosi, and it's not like there's going to be a more palatable choice there. Sigh.

        As to Bishop, I don't have the figures right in front of me, but I checked recently and IIRC Demos was considerably ahead on fundraising (from his family, of course). Bishop did OK riding Obama's coattails in 2012, but 2010 was recount territory. It could easily be that again.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:00:45 AM PST

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        •  It's a matter of time and money (0+ / 0-)

          IA-3 or CO-6 or NY-19 are more strategic choices I think. Not that I discourage anyone from giving to Recchia!

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          by mole333 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:36:39 AM PST

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          •  SI Republican Party (1+ / 0-)
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            Endosed Grimm Thursday night.  Funny, how they still bring up his vote for tax increases back in 2001, but that's Staten Island for you.  Also, his vote for tolls on non toll bridges. You know I have issues with Recchia also both when he was my City Councilman and his "non help" to Steve in 2006 (plus a few more which we can talk about privately) but I still intend to vote for him in November and hopefully give Nancy the gravel she deserves (not to mention the country).  

            Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

            by Rosalie907 on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 01:48:52 PM PST

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  •  Great diary (1+ / 0-)
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    but I think our best chance for a pickup is here in Virginia, District 10. Frank Wolf (R) is retiring.

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    by JamieG from Md on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 08:55:35 AM PST

  •  A few more to add (2+ / 0-)
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    CA31 Miller is retiring and the Dems should pick it up easily.
    CA25 Buck McKeon is gone.  Dems should contest it.
    CA21 Valadao only won because our candidate was weak.
    CA10 Denham is weak.  A good Dem can flip it.
    PA06 Gerlach retired.
    VA10 Wolf retired.
    FL02 Southerland has a tough challenger and he barely won last time
    IL13 Davis won by luck in a district Dems can win.
    IN02 Walorski is a nut only won with 49% last time.
    NE02 Terry is an idiot who didn't help himself during shutdown.  Has a stiff challenge.
    NV03 Heck barely won in a state that's trending blue.
    NY23 Reed barely won in 2012 against unfunded challenger.
    WI07 Duffy is an idiot in an R+2 seat that could flip especially if Dems mobilize to take out Walker.

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    by DisNoir36 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 10:56:41 AM PST

    •  From what I see... (0+ / 0-)

      CA-31 leans D...which is good but I am trying to push for tossups or lean R for now (more aggressive than defensive) or pick longer shot races where there is a Sen or Gov race that needs help.

      CA-25, too much of a long shot. We should contest (we should contest ALL districts) but I think we can do more by pushing harder in other districts.

      CA-21 may be worth adding and I hadn't considered it before...if we win FL-13 in the special, I am much more likely to highlight longer shots like this one.

      CA-10...I am skeptical...though if a good Dem emerges...

      PA-06: someone already mentioned...I am considering adding it particularly if we win FL-13 (in fact I am suggesting if anyone who wants PA-6 added wants to donate to a couple of candidates on the list, I will add PA-6!)

      VA-10: another one I might add if I am feeling more confident.

      FL-2: same...if I think Dems have momentum, I may well add this. Still a longer shot than most on my list.

      IL-13: Good one. I may add...again I am trying to focus a bit more on states with upticket races, but this one looks better than I had thought at first glance.

      IN-2, NE-2: I am highly skeptical about these...though would love to be proven wrong!

      NV-3: I am skeptical though again, might consider it if I think we are picking up momentum.

      NY-23: maybe. Hasn't been on my radar but perhaps should be.

      WI-7: I wish! But I am skeptical we have a shot.

      Thanks for the suggestions. I haven't yet reached the level of confidence it would take to add most of them...but FL-13 is the first real test. If we win that and if Obamacare, immigration reform and minimum wage continue to get us some momentum, I will definitely start adding.

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      by mole333 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:47:01 AM PST

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