House GOP highlights 16 ‘On the Radar’ candidates

House GOP highlights 16 ‘On the Radar’ candidates
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The House GOP’s campaign arm released a second round of “On the Radar” candidates on Monday, as Republicans look to highlight promising candidates ahead of the 2018 midterms.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) named 16 more candidates to the first phase of the committee’s “Young Guns” program, which were provided first to The Hill.

Those candidates join 30 others named in October who fulfilled certain requirements regarding their campaign organization.

Republicans are eyeing a number of pick-up opportunities in seats held or being vacated by Democratic incumbents, but they’re mostly on defense as Democrats seek to flip 24 seats to take back the House.

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“We’re excited to announce another round of impressive candidates who’ve put themselves in position to be successful in 2018,” NRCC chairman Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversBill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing passes House The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger MORE (R-Ohio) said in a statement. “House Democrats have tried to obstruct our agenda at every turn and our Republican challengers are ready to hold them accountable.”

The campaign committee's selection of “On the Radar” candidates are not endorsements and some races have multiple GOP challengers named to the program.

The second round features GOP challengers in some of the cycle’s most competitive races, which include: Tiffany Shedd, who’s challenging Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.); John McCann, who’s challenging Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerThe Hill's Morning Report - US coastline readies for Hurricane Dorian to make landfall Swing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey MORE (D-N.J.); Lea Marquez Peterson, who’s running to replace Senate hopeful Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyArizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-Ariz.); Carla Nelson, who’s running to succeed outgoing Rep. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzOvernight Health Care: CDC warns against using e-cigs after vaping-related deaths | Minnesota reports fourth nationwide death tied to vaping | Top Dem demands FDA chief take action | Marianne Williamson under fire over controversial health remarks Minnesota reports fourth nationwide death tied to vaping Three people shot, one hit by car at Minnesota State Fair MORE (D-Minn.); Steve Watkins, who’s running to succeed Rep. Lynn JenkinsLynn Haag JenkinsKansas Republican dropping Senate bid to challenge GOP rep Anti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers MORE (R-Kan.); Mike Pries, who’s running to replace retiring Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller testimony gives Trump a boost as Dems ponder next steps The Hill's 12:30 Report: Muller testimony dominates Washington Lawmakers, press hit the courts for charity tennis event MORE (R-Pa.); and Rocky Raczkowski and Klint Kesto, who are both running to replace Rep. David Trott (R-Mich.).

In the 2016 election, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE carried both O’Halleran and Gottheimer’s districts by 1 point, while more easily winning Dent and Trott’s seats. He cruised to victory in Walz and Jenkins’s districts with double-digit margins. But Trump lost McSally’s district by nearly 5 points.

The NRCC also highlighted a number of GOP challengers running in safer Democratic seats including: Kimberlin Brown, who is running against Rep. Raul RuizRaul RuizDemocrat Raul Ruiz challenged by Republican with the same name in California race House to vote on stopgap spending measure to prevent shutdown House leaves for six-week August recess MORE (D-Calif.); Michael Allman, who’s running against Rep. Scott PetersScott H. PetersDuncan Hunter gets another GOP challenger Hillicon Valley: Facebook won't remove doctored Pelosi video | Trump denies knowledge of fake Pelosi videos | Controversy over new Assange charges | House Democrats seek bipartisan group on net neutrality House Democrats seek bipartisan working group on net neutrality MORE (D-Calif.); Peter Tedeschi, who’s challenging Rep. Bill KeatingWilliam (Bill) Richard KeatingWHIP LIST: The 132 House Democrats backing an impeachment inquiry Bottom Line Foreign Affairs chairman: US military intervention in Venezuela 'not an option' MORE (D-Mass.); Candius Stearns, who’s running to succeed retiring Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.); Dan DeBono, who’s running against Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.); and Jim Maxwell, who’s challenging Rep. Louise SlaughterDorothy (Louise) Louise SlaughterSotomayor, Angela Davis formally inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame Seven Republicans vote against naming post office after ex-Rep. Louise Slaughter Breaking through the boys club MORE (D-N.Y.).

And the committee propped up GOP contenders in seats that the party is expected to hold, which include Christina Hagan, who’s running to replace Senate hopeful Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciMedicare for All won't deliver what Democrats promise GOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, 'investigation would have wrapped up very quickly' House Ethics Committee extends probe into Renacci MORE (R-Ohio); and Andrew Lewis, who’s running to succeed Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaEx-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 MORE (R-Pa.).

Updated at 9:48 a.m.