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RNC looks at 122 Democrat targets in the House

Reid Wilson writes up the analysis of Gentry Collins, the RNC's political director, at the party's state chairmen's meeting in Maryland. It's optimistic:

RNC political director Gentry Collins said the party has a list of 130 House seats -- including 122 held by Dems -- that could be targets by the end of the year. Collins said the party is likely to be able to compete across a broad playing field.

"I'm making no claim that we're going to pick up 130 House seats," Collins told reporters today. Pointing to Rep. David Obey's (D-WI) retirement, Collins added: "I've been expecting [the list] to shrink, to be candid with you. It's been growing."

Democratic retirements have actually failed to keep the pace of retirements in, say, 1994. They've had 17 retirements; Republicans have had 20, albeit most in very safe seats. So 105 of these potential targets are currently held by Democrats.

By David Weigel  |  May 11, 2010; 1:58 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , RNC  
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