DCCC puts 13 on Red to Blue campaign list

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has named the first 13 candidates to its Red to Blue program for challengers and open-seat races this cycle.

The 2010 class of the program includes:

-Ami Bera, who is challenging Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.)

-Steve Pougnet, who is challenging Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.)

-John Carney, who is running for Rep. Mike Castle’s (R-Del.) open seat

-Lori Edwards, who is running for Rep. Adam Putnam’s (R-Fla.) open seat

-Raj Goyle, who is running for Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s (R-Kan.) open seat

-Dan Seals, who is running for Rep. Mark Kirk’s (R-Ill.) open seat

-Tom White, who is running against Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.)

-Paula Brooks, who is running against Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio)

-John Callahan, who is running against Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.)

-Bryan Lentz, who is running for Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D-Pa.) open seat

-Rob Miller, who is running against Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)

-Roy Herron, who is running for Rep. John Tanner’s (D-Tenn.) open seat

-Suzan DelBene, who is running against Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)

Democrats won’t have as robust a Red to Blue program as they've had in years past, thanks in large part to a challenging map that has put them on the defensive. But the DCCC has put a premium on staying on offense in at least some districts, thereby putting pressure on Republicans to spend money on them.

Reps. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) are co-chairing the Red to Blue program.