An influential Tea Party group announced its 2010 target list Thursday, and raised a few eyebrows by endorsing a Democrat.

At a press conference in Washington, the Tea Party Express named its favorite lawmakers and candidates, as well as those officeholders they most want to see removed.

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"It's a combination of rewarding our friends and punishing our enemies," said Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express. "We're only in races where we think we can make a difference."

The Tea Party Express endorsed a slate of Republican Senate candidates, many of whom have already established themselves as conservative darlings.

State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Calif.), former Florida House Speaker Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE (R), former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Kentucky Republican Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE and former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) all earned official nods. "They'll get some direct support from us," said Russo.

DeVore, Rubio, Paul and Angle are locked in tough primary campaigns. Angle and DeVore are both trailing significantly in polls.

The group also announced a number of Democrats they would seak to unseat. Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerKamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response Billionaire Steyer to push for Dem House push MORE (D-Calif.), Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (Nev.) and Arlen Specter made their way onto the group's target list, as well as the following House Democrats: Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonPolitiFact cancels Alan Grayson hire after backlash Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation Pennsylania Dems file ethics complaint against Rep. Barletta MORE (Fla.), Barney Frank (Mass.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyFlorida students turn to activism in wake of shooting House Dem joins protest at NRA headquarters following Florida school shooting Trump budget threatens local transit projects MORE (Va.), Tom Perriello (Va.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Alan Mollohan (W.Va.), Betsey Markey, Dina Titus (Nev.) and John Spratt (S.C.).



Russo said these members voted the wrong way on the financial bailout, cap-and-trade, the stimulus and healthcare reform.


Finally, the group endorsed a slate of its favorite lawmakers, including one Democrat. "We have to be effective and influential within both political parties," Russo said. "We have to reward some Democrats that have been willing to stand with us on the tough issues."

The group is backing: Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) along with GOP Reps. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE (Minn.), Joe Wilson (S.C.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnBlackburn pushes back on potential Corker bid: 'I'm going to win' Nervous GOP seeks new 2018 Senate candidates in three states Corker 'listening closely' to calls to reconsider retirement MORE (Tenn.), Tom Price (Ga.), Mike Pence (Ind.) and Tom McClintock (Calif.).

The group's PAC has some $116,000 cash on hand, Russo added, noting it spent close to $400,000 on TV ads in support of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) during his special election race against Democrat Martha Coakley.

This post was updated at 8:50 p.m.