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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 WeberRyan transfers record M to House GOP's campaign arm in March Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight The Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan 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 YohoThe ‘zero-for-zero' policy on sugar could be a roadmap forward for the U.S. on trade Why an independent counsel is necessary in an election probe GOP rep explains why he backs Syria attack now after opposing under Obama 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 BridenstineLawmakers sound alarm on space security The Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan A guide to the committees: House MORE, running in Oklahoma's 1st district, Roger WilliamsRoger WilliamsThe Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan A guide to the committees: House Applause for bipartisan Texans in Congress working to promote pet adoption MORE, running in Texas's 25th district, and Steve StockmanSteve StockmanFormer congressman indicted on conspiracy charges Ex-GOP rep blames arrest on 'deep state' conspiracy Former Texas rep Steve Stockman facing conspiracy charge MORE, running in Texas' 36th district, all made the cut. That brings the Vanguard program to a total of 19 candidates.