DFL Rep. Tim Walz is one of 15 Democrats facing especially tough re-election campaigns in 2012, confirmed Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Haley Morris.
Walz was placed on the party committee’s Frontline list, which also includes Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, who is still recovering from an assassination attempt in January.
Members on the Frontline list will get help with fundraising and organizational support.
Walz won reelection last fall with 49.4 percent of the vote against Republican Randy Demmer, who drew 44.1 percent. But Republicans see a potential pick-up opportunity in Walz’s 1st Congressional District due to the upcoming re-districting process.
In the last election cycle, the DCCC had 40 Democratic House members on its so-called endangered list. After taking heavy losses in that election, Democrats have fewer seats in close districts to defend.