Hi! This is my first diary on DK. I'm an 18 year old gay democrat from SC-04. I've taken an interest in House races this year. I of course think we can take back the house if we fight hard like we did in 2006. Now, I acknowledge all of the Jumpstart candidates have great potential of being elected, but this diary is for underdog races that have great potential to turn blue in a wave or if the right candidate wins the nomination. Hopefully the DCCC will add these candidates to Red to Blue. Let's get started!
CA-25: Lee Rogers has proven to be a fundraising animal. Bringing in more cash than even some top tier candidates. He received 44% of the vote here in 2012 which isn't bad against popular incumbent Buck McKeon, who is expected to retire, helping Rogers with his odds in winning.
FL-15: Alan Cohn certainly is not in the same position as Rogers, yet in 2010 incumbent Dennis Ross only won 48% percent of the vote yet faced no Democratic opponent in 2012. I could be wrong and redistricting could have made this district extremely Republican. But shouldn't we have a candidate to test the waters? I think Cohn is the right candidate for the job. Not to mention he is an ex-TV News Anchor so name recognition will be on his side. He has also raised a decent amount of cash to be an underdog.
IA-04: The reason why we still have the atrocious Steve King in the House is because Christie Vilsack was seen as a carpetbagger, yet was able to garner 45%. Imagine what Jim Mowrer could do and he's from the district! Joe Biden has been helping him campaign and I'm surprised he wasn't part of Jumpstart. He has raised a lot of cash and has a real shot at unseating King.
IN-02: I haven't seen Joe Bock's fundraising numbers but he seems to be a legitimate candidate to unseat Jackie Walorski. Walorski narrowly won in this swingy district in 2012 and probably rode the Governors coattails. It shouldn't take much to unseat her, she has been voting relatively to the right rather than being a centrist which should make this seat an easy pickup for Democrats.
KY-06: I feel like this seat has been overlooked. Elisabeth Jensen is a great candidate to challenge Andy Barr. Democrats will be coming out the wazoo to vote for Grimes in the Senate race which will help this swing district return back to blue. A lot of women will be voting for Grimes which in turn will also help Jensen.
MN-02: Mike Obermueller is running against John Kline, but this time Senate and Governor races will boost Democratic turnout and he can actually have a decent shot at taking out Kline and expose his right wing voting record while Kline attempts to fool people by campaigning as a moderate.
NJ-02: 2014 is shaping up to be a possibly good year for NJ Democrats. Bill Hughes Jr. will challenge Frank LoBiondo and, with the right campaign, Hughes can unseat him. It helps that Hughes's father is a past congressman. Cory Bookers's Senate race should boost Democratic prospects here.
OH-14: Michael Wager has been a great campaigner in this district despite not much attention from the DCCC. David Joyce has been raising more than Wager but Wager has been traveling all over the district. In a midterm where recognition is key, Wager is making sure he becomes a household name.
VA-10: This open seat, vacated by retiring Frank Wolf, is quite swingy. John Foust stands a great chance to turn this district blue. It appears as though potential republican candidates don't hold much water here so things look great for Foust.
WV-01: Most would doubt a Democrat would be able to defeat David McKinley in this relatively red district. But Glen Gainer has enough experience and name recognition in the state to run a great campaign against McKinley. Let's not forget McKinley barely won here just two years prior in 2010. This is definitely going to be a difficult race to win but West Virginia is shaping to be a state to watch in 2014 anyway.
WV-02: With Shelley Moore Capito running for Senate, this seat becomes another great pickup opportunity for Democrats with the incredibly well funded Nick Casey. His Republican challenger, Alex Mooney, is likely to be portrayed as a carpetbagger since he just moved there from Maryland, giving Casey lots of ammunition.
All of these candidates can be found on ActBlue if you would like to donate to their campaigns and help take back the House in 2014!
I hope you enjoyed my first diary! I will do one for Senate and one for Governors races as well!