Democratic candidates may not have to support abortion rights

Democrats are looking to regain the House majority in 2018, and candidates running for office may not have to support abortion rights.

In an interview with The Hill, Ben Ray Lujan, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said, "There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates. As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America."

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UNITED STATES - JULY 24: Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., attends a rally with House and Senate Democrats to announce 'A Better Deal' economic agenda in Berryville, Va., on July 24, 2017. The plan aims to increase wages and lower expenses for Americans. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 17: Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., speaks during a press conference after being selected by Minority Leader Pelosi to serve as the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 24: From right, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., arrive for a rally with House and Senate Democrats to announce 'A Better Deal' economic agenda in Berryville, Va., on July 24, 2017. The plan aims to increase wages and lower expenses for Americans. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 06: Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., speaks during a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center with members of the Safe Climate Caucus on a new initiative to respond to climate change. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) (R) arrives for the first House Democratic caucus meeting of the 114th Congress in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. With Republicans in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, House Democrats will be working with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to oppose legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and other GOP agenda items. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Representative Ben Ray Lujan addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 03: Rep.-elect Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, right, talks with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., during a reception at Castro's Cannon Building office on the day the 113th Congress was sworn in. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
LATINO-- Ben Ray Lujan, a seven generation New Mexican, meets with voters along the Mora Fiestas Parade in Mora, New Mexico. Lujan is running for Congrass in New Mexico. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 15: Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and 'anti-immigrant' GOP amendments to the defense spending bill, June 15, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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According to the Hill, Lujan's goal is to oust dozens of Republicans in several districts by casting a wide-range of candidates, adding, "To pick up 24 [seats] and get to 218, that is the job. We'll need a board coalition to get that done...we have to be a big family in order to win the House back."

Some democrats have echoed that same sentiment, including Senator Bernie Sanders, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

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