Here the problem with taking the House in 2014: gerrymandering
Texas may be the best at it. Out of 36 House races, only 6 were decided with the winner getting less than 60% of the vote. Only one was actually close (less than 55% for the winner). But, they had 13 races where the winner received 70% or more. In two races, the winner had 90% or more! And one race didn't even have an opponent. How do you "swing" a seat that is so stacked for one party?
3. No kidding. Take a look at David Price's new district
in NC. The 4th district used to be a sensible chunk of a few counties. Look at it now. I'm now out of this district by about 50 yards and am in Howard Coble's (R) district. But when I try to email him via his web page, I am told that my address is not valid in his district. I wish.