Blue Dog PAC backs five challengers

The Blue Dog PAC, the political arm of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democratic coalition, will endorse five candidates on Wednesday.

All five are running in Republican-leaning rural or exurban territory, with two vying for seats currently held by retiring Blue Dog members: Former U.S. Attorney Rob Wallace is running to replace retiring Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.), while U.S. Army veteran Brendan Mullen is running to replace Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who is running for the Senate.

Two others are running for territory Blue Dogs held until the last election. Florida state Rep. Leonard Bembry (D) plans to run against freshman Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), who beat former Blue Dog Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) in 2008, while Arkansas state Rep. Clark Hall (D) will take on freshman Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), who won a seat vacated when Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.) retired.

South Carolina state Rep. Ted Vick (D) will run for a newly drawn Republican-leaning district in that state.

Hall and Bembry are farmers, while Mullen and Vick have military experience.

This post was updated from an earlier version.