The National Republican Congressional Committee has moved 11 more candidates to “Young Guns” status, a designation for top-performing candidates.
“Candidates that reach ‘Young Gun’ status have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in position to win on Election Day,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (Ore.) in a statement. "Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration. These 11 candidates will fight to stop the harmful consequences of ObamaCare, grow the economy, and get Washington’s spending under control.”
Many of the new crop of Young Guns are in top-targeted races and just made it through tough primary fights, like Tom MacArthur, the newly-minted GOP nominee for retiring Rep. Jon Runyan’s (R-N.J.) seat. Other candidates in that same vein include Rick Allen, challenging Rep. John BarrowJohn BarrowDem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech The best and the worst of the midterms MORE (D-Ga.); Doug Ose, running against Rep. Ami BeraAmi BeraA record number of Indian Americans have been elected to Congress Calif. Dem wins reelection in overtime 115th Congress will be most racially diverse in history MORE (D-Calif.) and Carl DeMaio, challenging Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.).
The committee also named Brian Nestande, challenging Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.); Dan Logue, challenging Rep. John GaramendiJohn GaramendiOutdated infrastructure poses national security risk Dems urge treaty ratification after South China Sea ruling Fight over California drought heats up in Congress MORE (D-Calif.); Jeff Gorell, challenging Rep. Julia BrownleyJulia BrownleyHouse caucus to focus on business in Latin America House votes to restrict IRS hires and funding EMILY's List names incumbent Dems it will fundraise for MORE (D-Calif.); Darlene Senger, running against Illinois Democratic Rep. Bill FosterBill FosterDiversity of House GOP at risk in 2016 election Lawmakers celebrate Jackie Robinson Day Overnight Energy: Fight breaks out over Interior budget MORE; former Rep. Bobby Schilling, challenging Rep. Cheri BustosCheri BustosTrump country Dem takes risk by skipping swearing-in Liberal Dems warn against narrow focus on rural or coastal voters Seven rising Democratic stars MORE (D-Ill.); and Pedro Celis, challenging Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan DelBeneHouse group seeks alternatives on encryption fight Armani, Batali among guests at White House state dinner Lawmakers ask Lynch to help 'fine tune' evidence bill MORE (D-Wash.). All but Ruiz, Brownley and Bustos are largely considered safe at this point in the cycle.
The NRCC also notably gave a nod to Alex Mooney, the conservative pick for Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoFive takeaways from Pruitt's EPA hearing Last Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Senators introduce dueling miners bills MORE’s (R-W.Va.) seat, who defeated the establishment choice in his primary and has been considered by Republicans a possibly weaker candidate in the general election against former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey.