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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 WeberRandall (Randy) Keith WeberFamily of Santa Fe school shooting victim sues suspect's parents Santa Fe shooting suspect reportedly killed girl who turned down his advances Russian trolls are pitting Americans against energy industry 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 YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoVA needs to fire dangerous doctors and improve hiring practices, oversight Lawmakers seek to limit US involvement in Yemen's civil war House lawmaker introduces bill to halt F-35 sale to Turkey 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 BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineOvernight Defense: Pentagon asked to prep housing for up to 20K migrant children | Senators move to block F-35 transfer to Turkey | Trump Mar-a-Lago trips cost Coast Guard M NASA’s unnecessary 4 million lunar orbit project doesn’t help us get back to the Moon SpaceX is not a threat to NASA MORE, running in Oklahoma's 1st district, Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsScalise on shooting: 'I closed that chapter a long time ago' Trump tightens grip on GOP GOP baseball team coach asked Trump to attend game on anniversary of shooting MORE, running in Texas's 25th district, and Steve StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanWhen did we stop thinking big? Save the International Space Station Former Texas congressman found guilty of 23 felonies Trump's right — to prevent gun violence, don't disarm our military MORE, running in Texas' 36th district, all made the cut. That brings the Vanguard program to a total of 19 candidates.