2017 may have just started, but preparations for the 2018 midterms are already underway. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aims to take the House.
As reported by The Washington Post, the DCCC is looking at 20 districts currently held by Republicans. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), DCCC Chairman, says preparing for a campaign this early is “unprecedented”.
He told the Post:
“We’ve seen women and people gather around America to march for progress; now we’re asking them to run for office, to volunteer and to vote,” he said. “I can very safely say that the DCCC has never done this this early, and I don’t know of any other of the campaign committees that have launched an initiative like this this early.”
The “March for ’18” initiative already has a website and Facebook. Democrats seem ready to do better in the wake of a Donald Trump victory.
What remains to to be seen is what form ‘better’ will take. The party seems to be rehashing the Clinton-Sanders primary battle in the race for DNC Chair. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is backed by Sanders, while his chief rival, Tom Perez, is backed by former Vice President Biden.
Whoever the next DNC Chair is, Democrats plan to be ready to win from here on out.