The Democrats don’t appear as confident about unseating Republican members of Congress from North Carolina as they do from other states. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn't list any House seats currently held by Republicans on their first installment of "Red to Blue" races.
Chairman Steve Israel announced 36 races to be part of the committee’s first slate of top Democratic campaigns to win back the House. Israel listed Republican-held seats in California, Florida, and Ohio as some of the greatest opportunities for Democrats, but none from North Carolina. He acknowledged Republican-led redistricting has hampered their efforts.
“I do not concede anything in North Carolina,” Israel said. “…Even before redistricting (Rep.) Mike McIntyre had races that were battle tested. They knew what they had to do. So I feel comfortable with our candidates, and our incumbents in North Carolina. But the Republicans did well in the maps that were drawn in North Carolina.”
Several Democrats, such as McIntyre of Lumberton, Rep. Heath Shuler of Bryson City, and Larry Kissell from Montgomery County, are considered vulnerable. The Republicans have called North Carolina their ground zero in efforts to build their House Majority.
Israel said the 2nd District seat held by freshman Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of Dunn could be added to the next round of “Red to Blue” races, but that an official Democratic challenger has yet to emerge.
Last month, Democrat Bob Etheridge said he is considering running for the congressional seat he lost last year to Ellmers.
Asked whether the committee would support Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill or Rep. Brad Miller of Raleigh in a potential head-to-head race, Israel said:
“The DCCC is officially and formally agnostic on any member to member primary.”