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The organization added four candidates to its "Contender" program, which it says is the third step of the four-step "Young Guns" program. The new label brings added support from the NRCC, but also higher benchmarks for fundraising and organizing.

Brian Whelan, running in California's 16th district, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, running in New Jersey's 9th district, Randy WeberRandy WeberHouse votes to let states deny federal funds to abortion providers GOP lawmaker says CNN reporter should be fired Ryan has little margin for error in Speaker vote MORE, running in Texas's 14th district, and Bill Driscoll, running in Washington's 6th district, were all named as "Contender" candidates, bringing the total to six.

The NRCC also added seven new candidates to its "Vanguard" program, which, according to the organization, "provides a framework for the NRCC to assist candidates running in Republican-leaning open seats."

Ted YohoTed YohoRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Obama's Russia report unlikely to silence doubters A banner year for U.S. leadership on aid effectiveness MORE running in Florida's 3rd district, Ron DeSantis, running in Florida's 6th district, Trey Radel, running in Florida's 19th district, Doug Collins, running in Georgia's 9th district, Jim BridenstineJim BridenstineJim Bridenstine for NASA administrator Congress asserts itself Conservatives backing Trump keep focus on Supreme Court MORE, running in Oklahoma's 1st district, Roger WilliamsRoger WilliamsApplause for bipartisan Texans in Congress working to promote pet adoption Republicans who oppose, support Trump refugee order Forget insider trading. Tom Price may have violated House rules. MORE, running in Texas's 25th district, and Steve StockmanSteve StockmanWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog Cruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts MORE, running in Texas' 36th district, all made the cut. That brings the Vanguard program to a total of 19 candidates.