NRCC adds 32 to Young Guns program

The committee is also bumping nine candidates to the second level of the program, which is devoted to preparing challengers and open-seat candidates for the 2010 election.

The announcements come two weeks after third-quarter financial reports went public. Those reports showed many Republican candidates asserting themselves in newly targeted races, and the large addition to the Young Guns program reflects the new map.

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New to the program are Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, who recently moved from Colorado’s Senate race to challenge Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.); three candidates for Rep. Mark KirkMark KirkStale, misguided, divisive: minimum wage can't win elections Immigration critics find their champion in Trump Trump's nominee to lead USAID has the right philosophy on international aid MORE’s (R-Ill.) open seat; former Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.); and two potential challengers to Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.).

In addition to Walberg, repeat candidates on the list also include Rep. Ron Klein’s (D-Fla.) challenger, Allen West, and Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerry ConnollyDem lawmaker warns of 'political and moral limitations’ to working with Trump Dems ready to deal with Trump — but it's complicated GAO: Fewer than one in four agencies will meet data center consolidation goals MORE’s (D-Va.) challenger, Keith Fimian.

Also, nine candidates moved from the program’s first step, “on the radar,” to its second step, “contender.” They are: Rep. Bobby Bright’s (D-Ala.) challenger Martha RobyMartha RobyBrooks’s prior attacks on Trump could hurt in Alabama Senate race How the GOP came to dominate, and be dominated by, rural voters House GOP not sold on Ryan’s tax reform plan MORE, Rep. Betsy Markey’s (D-Colo.) challenger Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerGOP senator calls on China, 20 other countries to cut ties with North Korea Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny It is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime MORE; Florida’s 12th district open-seat candidate Dennis Ross; Rep. Walt Minnick’s (D-Idaho) challenger Vaughn Ward; Rep. Frank Kratovil’s (D-Md.) challenger Andy Harris; Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s (D-N.H.) challenger Frank Guinta; Rep. Harry Teague’s (D-N.M.) challenger former Rep. Steve Pearce; Rep. Steve Driehaus’s (D-Ohio) challenger former Rep. Steve Chabot; and Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s (D-Ohio) challenger Steve Stivers.

If these candidates advance beyond that step, they will have reached the third and final stage of the program, “young guns.”

Four of the 13 candidates who were initially named to the program three months ago have not advanced beyond the first stage. They are: Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s (D-Calif.) challenger Van Tran; Rep. Debbie Halvorson’s (D-Ill.) challenger Adam Kinzinger; Hawaii’s 1st district open-seat candidate Charles Djou; and Rep. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichLive coverage: Sanders rolls out single-payer bill Where Dems stand on Sanders's single-payer bill Trade agency should listen to Congress on solar case MORE’s (D-N.M.) challenger Jon Barela.

All but Djou fell behind in the money chase in the third quarter.

Two candidates added to the “on the radar” stage later on — California 10th district special election candidate David Harmer and Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y.) challenger Greg Ball — also stayed at that stage.

Ball’s new primary opponent, Nan Hayworth, was among the 32 new candidates added to the “on the radar” stage.

The full list:

Jesse Kelly (Ariz.-08)
Tim GriffinTim GriffinFlynn discloses lobbying that may have helped Turkey Tea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign MORE (Ark.-02)
Justin Bernier (Conn.-05)
Ryan Frazier (Colo.-07)
Allen West (Fla.-22)
Beth Coulson (Ill.-10)
Dick Green (Ill.-10)
Bob Dold (Ill.-10)
Ethan Hastert (Ill.-14)
Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungStale, misguided, divisive: minimum wage can't win elections Russian network RT must register as foreign agent in US No. 2 Senate Republican backs McConnell in Trump fight MORE (Ind.-09)
Alan Nunnelee (Miss.-01)
Tim Walberg (Mich.-07)
Ed Martin (Mo.-03)
Vickie Hartzler (Mo.-04)
Bill Stouffer (Mo.-04)
Lou Huddleston (N.C.-08)
Randy Altschuler (N.Y.-01)
Michael Allegretti (N.Y.-13)
Nan Hayworth (N.Y.-19)
Tom Reed (N.Y.-29)
Bob Gibbs (Ohio-18)
Jim Renacci (Ohio-16)
Rob Cornilles (Ore.-01)
Steven Welch (Pa.-06)
Pat Meehan (Pa.-07)
Dan Kapanke (Wis.-03)
Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.-04)
Stephen FincherStephen FincherRep. Fincher to retire Export-Import Bank takes step toward renewal Transportation deal includes Ex-Im renewal MORE (Tenn.-08)
Scott RigellScott RigellGOP rushes to embrace Trump GOP lawmaker appears in Gary Johnson ad Some in GOP say Trump has gone too far MORE (Va.-02)
Keith Fimian (Va.-11)
Sean DuffySean DuffyRight worries about Trump move on immigration House Republican 'looking forward to having Kid Rock in Congress’ GOP lawmaker breaks with Trump, says Confederate statues should come down MORE (Wis.-07)
Reid RibbleReid RibbleWith Trump, conservatives hope for ally in 'War on Christmas' GOP rushes to embrace Trump House stays Republican as GOP limits losses MORE (Wis.-08)