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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 WeberGOP worries as state Dems outperform in special elections How Republicans split on the Harvey aid, fiscal deal House passes Trump deal on majority Democratic 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 YohoDem lawmaker renews push for infrastructure, tax package Savings through success in foreign assistance GOP rep: I would have met with Russians for opposition research 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 BridenstineTrump stacks administration with climate change skeptics Trump’s NASA pick deletes posts from social media: report Trump to tap House Republican as NASA chief: report MORE, running in Oklahoma's 1st district, Roger WilliamsRoger WilliamsMystery surrounds Cordray’s plans Lawmakers want banks punished over massive Ponzi scheme Ethics panel dismisses case against Rep. Williams over transportation proposal 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.