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The 2014 congressional election cycle has begun, at least according to the emails the National Republican Congressional Committee started sending Thursday.

The organization, which works to elect Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives, sent emails targeting Democrats on the day they and all members of the House were sworn in to office.

One such email calls for Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, to retire from office now. The NRCC says in its email he will lose in 2014.

“House Democrats continue to support tax and spend policies and a big government agenda. If Barber doesn’t retire soon, voters are going to deliver his retirement for him," said Andrea Bozek, NRCC communications director, in the email.

Another email criticizes Arizona Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick of Flagstaff for voting for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for Speaker of the House. Pelosi lost that vote to the incumbent speaker, Republican Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Those emails say Pelosi is responsible for the slow economic recovery and calls those who voted for her "lap dogs."

All of the representatives sworn in to Congress today serve a two-year term that will end in January 2015.

The next primary elections are in late summer and fall 2014, and the next general election will be Nov. 4, 2014.