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It's time for another check-in on where we are at in 2014 with regards to Democratic challengers to GOP Congressmen/Congresswomen!

Upon further research, there have been additional Democrat challengers that have emerged.  Rep. Tom Latham and Rep. Steve King, both in Iowa, now have Democratic challengers while there are a couple of Democratic challengers that have emerged in Oklahoma, in the 4th and 5th Congressional districts.  Whether these are credible challengers is something that is called into question, given Oklahome is one of the reddest states in the U.S.

Which ones already have Democratic challengers?
Which ones have Democrats who are considering challenging?
Which ones really don't have any Democratic challengers?

In addition, below for each state with GOP-Held Seats, there are some comments left, along with contact information of state Democratic parties which are deemed to need more activism and fire in their troops given the demographics and industries of the states.

Here's what we have:

Alabama

1st district:  Rep. Jo Bonner recently resigned but no Democratic challenger has emerged as of yet.
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:   No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:   No Democratic challenger

Alaska's at-large district  No Democratic challenger

Arizona

4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:   No Democratic challenger
8th district:  No Democratic challenger

Arkansas

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger

California

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  No Democratic challenger
10th district:  Michael Eggman is challenging Rep. Jeff Denham
http://www.eggmanforcongress.com/
21st district:  No Democratic challenger
22nd district:  No Democratic challenger
23rd district:  No Democratic challenger
25th district:  No Democratic challenger
31st district:  Pete Aguilar and former Rep. Joe Baca are running in the Democratic primary to challenge Rep. Gary Miller
Pete Aguilar:  http://www.peteaguilar.com/
39th district:  No Democratic challenger
40th district:  No Democratic challenger
45th district:  No Democratic challenger
48th district:  No Democratic challenger
49th district:  No Democratic challenger
50th district:  No Democratic challenger

Colorado

3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  Andrew Romanoff is the Democratic challenger
http://www.andrewromanoff.com/

Florida

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  Gwen Graham is challenging Rep. Steve Southerland
https://www.gwengraham.com/
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district: David Cox is challenging Rep. Ron DeSantis
Website:  http://www.cox2014.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/...
7th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  No Democratic challenger
10th district:  No Democratic challenger
11th district:  No Democratic challenger
12th district:  No Democratic challenger
13th district:  No Democratic challenger
15th district:  No Democratic challenger
16th district:  No Democratic challenger
17th district:  No Democratic challenger
19th district:  No Democratic challenger
25th district:  No Democratic challenger
27th district:  No Democratic challenger

Georgia

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  No Democratic challenger
9th district:  No Democratic challenger
10th district:  No Democratic challenger
11th district:  Allan Levene is running to challenge Phil Gingrey
http://allanleveneforcongress.com/
14th district:  No Democratic challenger

Idaho

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger

Illinois

6th district:  No Democratic challenger
13th district:  No Democratic challenger
14th district:  No Democratic challenger
15th district:  No Democratic challenger
16th district:  No Democratic challenger
18th district:  No Democratic challenger

Indiana

2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  No Democratic challenger
9th district:  No Democratic challenger

Iowa

3rd district: Gabriel De La Cerda is challenging Rep. Tom Latham
Website:  http://www.gabedlc2dc.org/...
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/...
4th district: Jim Mowrer is challenging Rep. Steve King
Website:  http://mowrerforiowa.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/...

Kansas

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger

Kentucky

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  Elisabeth Jensen is challenging Rep. Andy Barr
Website:  http://www.elisabethforkentucky.com/

Louisiana

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger

Maryland

1st district:  John LaFerla is challenging Rep. Andy Harris
 http://www.johnlaferla.com/

Michigan

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  Paul Clements is challenging Rep. Fred Upton
http://clementsforcongress.com/
7th district:  Pam Byrnes is challenging Rep. Tim Walberg
http://pambyrnesforcongress.com/
8th district:  No Democratic challenger
10th district:  No Democratic challenger
11th district:  No Democratic challenger

Minnesota

2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  Jim Graves became a wimp and dropped out after Michelle Bachmann chose not to run for re-election.  No Democratic candidate has emerged since.

Mississippi

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger

Missouri

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  Steve Hodges is challenging Jo Ann Emerson
http://www.steveformissouri.com/

Montana at-large district  No Democratic challenger

Nebraska

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger

Nevada

2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  Erin Bilbray-Kohn is challenging Rep. John Heck.  
Website:  http://www.erinbilbray.com/

New Jersey

2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  No Democratic challenger
11th district:

New Mexico

2nd district:  No Democratic challenger

New York

2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
11th district: Dominic Recchia is challenging Rep. Mike Grim
Website:  http://recchiaforcongress.com (takes you directly to donation page)
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/...
17th district:  No Democratic challenger
19th district:  Sean Eldridge is challenging Rep. Christopher Gibson.  No campaign website up as of yet.
22nd district:  No Democratic challenger
23rd district:  Martha Robertson to challenge Rep. Thomas Reed
Website:  http://www.marthaforny.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/...
27th district:  No Democratic challenger

North Carolina

2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  No Democratic challenger
9th district:  No Democratic challenger
10th district:  No Democratic challenger
11th district:  No Democratic challenger
13th district:  No Democratic challenger

North Dakota's at-large district  No Democratic challenger

Ohio

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  Andrew Hounshell pulled a Jim Graves and became a wimp by ending his campaign.  No Democratic challenger has emerged since to challenge House Speaker John Boehner.
10th district:  No Democratic challenger
12th district:  No Democratic challenger
14th district:  Michael Wager is challenging Rep. David Joyce
 http://www.michaelwagerforohio.com/
15th district:  No Democratic challenger
16th district:  No Democratic challenger

Oklahoma

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  Tae Si, former game and software programmer, is running to challenge Rep. Tom Cole
Website:  http://siforcongress.com
5th district:  Tom Guild is running to challenge Rep. James Lankford
Website:  http://www.guildforcongress.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/...

Oregon

2nd district:  No Democratic challenger

Pennsylvania

3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  Kevin Strouse and Shaughnessy Naughton are running in the Democratic primary to challenge Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick
Kevin Strouse:  http://www.kevinstrouse.com/
Shaughnessy Naughton:  http://www.shaughnessyforcongress.com/
9th district:  No Democratic challenger
10th district:  No Democratic challenger
11th district:  No Democratic challenger
12th district:  No Democratic challenger
15th district:  No Democratic challenger
16th district:  No Democratic challenger
18th district:  No Democratic challenger

South Carolina

1st district:  Elizabeth Colbert-Busch lost the recent special election to Mark Sanford but this doesn't mean she shouldn't run again for the 2014 race.  She got 45% of the votes in the special election.  No other Democratic challenger has emerged.
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  No Democratic challenger

South Dakota's at-large district  No Democratic challenger

Tennessee

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  No Democratic challenger

Texas

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  James Cargas is challenging Rep. John Culbertson
Website:  http://www.jamescargas.com/
8th district:  No Democratic challenger
10th district:  No Democratic challenger
11th district:  No Democratic challenger
12th district:  No Democratic challenger
13th district:  No Democratic challenger
14th district:  No Democratic challenger
17th district:  No Democratic challenger
19th district:  No Democratic challenger
21st district:  No Democratic challenger
22nd district:  No Democratic challenger
24th district:  No Democratic challenger
25th district  No Democratic challenger
26th district:  No Democratic challenger
27th district:  No Democratic challenger
31st district:  No Democratic challenger
32nd district:  No Democratic challenger
36th district:  No Democratic challenger

Utah

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
3rd district:  No Democratic challenger

Virginia

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  No Democratic challenger
9th district:  No Democratic challenger
10th district:  No Democratic challenger

Washington

3rd district:  No Democratic challenger
4th district:  No Democratic challenger
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  No Democratic challenger

West Virginia

1st district:  No Democratic challenger
2nd district:  Nick Casey is running to replace Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Website:  http://nickcaseyforwv.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/...

Wisconsin

1st district: Rob Zerban just formed an exploratory committee to see on running in 2014.  In other words, he will be running in 2014 to challenge Rep. Paul Ryan.
Website:  http://www.robzerban.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/...
5th district:  No Democratic challenger
6th district:  No Democratic challenger
7th district:  No Democratic challenger
8th district:  No Democratic challenger

Wyoming at-large district  No Democratic challenger

Feel free to point out any candidates we're missing from the list.

Aside from that, we are keeping a close eye out for all Democratic candidates, even the ones not normally covered on Daily Kos and not officially endorsed by Democracy for America.

The goal is, we'd like ALL of the GOP-held seats to have Democratic challengers and it doesn't matter whether or not these people have funds.  We just want to support them but of course, we'd much rather support progressive Democratic candidates because, well, we agree with their politics.  Yes, we know the obvious: Deep red districts are impossible to win.

But really, we are looking to build the Democratic Party, right?

Originally posted to pipsorcle on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 04:57 PM PDT.

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