Via Jim Geraghty, reports are in that the following three districts have been abandoned by the DCCC. Well, technically, all that's happening is one week's worth of ad purchases have been canceled by the DCCC. Then again, there's only four weeks left - and it's not like any of them are considered safe retentions at this point:
- IN-08. Open seat: the old incumbent is Brad Ellsworth, who decided not to run again in favor of losing a Senate race to Dan Coats. The Democratic challenger to Larry Bucshon is pretty much irrelevant at this point; Cook rates this seat as Likely Republican.
- IN-09. The incumbent is Baron Hill (best known for this); his opponent is Todd Young. Cook rates this one as Toss-Up.
- TX-17. The incumbent is Chet Edwards; his opponent is Bill Flores. Cook rates this one as Toss-Up.
It should be emphasized that Chet Edwards has been in Congress for twenty years; he survived the Texas Redistricting Massacre of 2003 and has been holding on ever since; he's on the Budget and Appropriations committees. Baron Hill was in Congress from 1998 to 2004, got beat in 2004, then came back in 2006. These are not political neophytes, nor are they unskilled (Hill is conceited and arrogant, but not unskilled). Their seats should not be hard to defend.
Which makes you wonder which seats are in even worse shape.
Moe Lane (crosspost)