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 StiversWaters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more GOP ratchets up 2020 attacks as impeachment storm grows 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) GottheimerProgressive group unveils first slate of 2020 congressional endorsements Hillicon Valley: Critics press feds to block Google, Fitbit deal | Twitter takes down Hamas, Hezbollah-linked accounts | TikTok looks to join online anti-terrorism effort | Apple pledges .5B to affordable housing Twitter takes down Hamas, Hezbollah-affiliated accounts after lawmaker pressure MORE (D-N.J.); Lea Marquez Peterson, who’s running to replace Senate hopeful Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths MORE (R-Ariz.); Carla Nelson, who’s running to succeed outgoing Rep. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Syria fallout Minnesota Democrat sets up rematch in competitive House race Overnight 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 MORE (D-Minn.); Steve Watkins, who’s running to succeed Rep. Lynn JenkinsLynn Haag JenkinsFormer GOP Rep. Costello launches lobbying shop Kansas Republican dropping Senate bid to challenge GOP rep Anti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' MORE (R-Kan.); Mike Pries, who’s running to replace retiring Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentOvernight Health Care — Presented by Better Medicare Alliance — Federal judge blocks Trump from detaining migrant children indefinitely | Health officials tie vaping-related illnesses to 'Dank Vapes' brand | Trump to deliver health care speech in Florida The 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 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 TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation 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 RuizPrivate equity-funded doctors coalition spends million lobbying on 'surprise' medical billing CBO: Fix backed by doctors for surprise medical bills would cost billions Democrat Raul Ruiz challenged by Republican with the same name in California race MORE (D-Calif.); Michael Allman, who’s running against Rep. Scott PetersScott H. PetersFreer housing is 'fairer housing' — HUD should tie funding to looser zoning How to kickstart a rapid global warming slowdown Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year MORE (D-Calif.); Peter Tedeschi, who’s challenging Rep. Bill KeatingWilliam (Bill) Richard KeatingOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation WHIP LIST: The 228 House Democrats backing an impeachment inquiry 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. RenacciDemocrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Medicare for All won't deliver what Democrats promise GOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, 'investigation would have wrapped up very quickly' 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.