NRCC adds another 18 'Young Guns'

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has elevated another 18 GOP congressional hopefuls to the top tier of its candidate program.

The new "Young Guns" include former Rep. Charlie Bass (N.H.), who just emerged from a competitive primary Tuesday and will face Anne McLane Kuster (D) in the fall, and Randy Altschuler, who is trying to knock off Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) this fall.

The committee also elevated a handful of candidates in races that were considered long shots earlier in the season, including Vicky Hartzler, who's running against Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), the longtime congressman and chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

The NRCC's candidate program has three tiers, with "Young Guns" gaining the most attention from the committee. Here's the full list of candidates the NRCC elevated:

Randy Altschuler (N.Y.-01), Charlie Bass (N.H.-02), Randy Demmer (Minn.-01), Ryan Frazier (Colo.-07), Bob Gibbs (Ohio-18), Frank Guinta (N.H.-01), Vicky Hartzler (Mo.-04), Harold Johnson (N.C.-08), Dan Kapanke (Wis.-03), Mike Keown (Ga.-02), Spike Maynard (W.Va.-03), Jeff Miller (N.C.-11), Ilario Pantano (N.C.-07), Reid Ribble (Wis.-08), Bobby Schilling (Ill.-17), Austin Scott (Ga.-08), Scott Tipton (Colo.-03), Van Tran (Calif.-47).