House Democrats shift from offense to defense

House Democrats, facing strong political headwinds, are shifting millions of dollars of TV advertising away from 2014 challengers in order to prop up some of their most vulnerable incumbents.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is scaling back on planned commercial airtime in 11 Republican-held districts, the group said Monday. Those resources will be used to help four Democratic lawmakers facing treacherous reelection campaigns and two other candidates in districts that Democrats are trying to win from Republicans…

As part of the plan, Democrats will cancel planned TV advertising in a group of districts held by Republican lawmakers, all of which are now considered essentially out of reach. They include the suburban Philadelphia districts held by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick and retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach, the California districts of Reps. Jeff Denham and David Valadao, and the Illinois district of Rep. Rodney Davis. The group will also cancel planned commercial airtime against Iowa Rep. Steve King, New York Rep. Tom Reed, and in three Michigan districts held by Republicans.