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.