House Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program

House Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program
© Greg Nash

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) added five candidates to its “Red to Blue” program on Wednesday, raising the number of people to be helped with the fundraising campaign to 38.

The five candidates include Gil Cisneros, who’s running against retiring Rep. Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceGil Cisneros to face Young Kim in rematch of 2018 House race in California The most expensive congressional races of the last decade Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia MORE (R-Calif.); Clarke Tucker, who’s looking to unseat Rep. French HillJames (French) French HillDunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel PPP application deadline should be extended and fixes made to program to keep recovery going Financial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era MORE (R-Ark.); Tom Malinowski, who’s running against Rep. Leonard LanceLeonard LanceThomas Kean wins GOP primary to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski Gun debate to shape 2020 races GOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs MORE (R-N.J.); Juanita Perez Williams, who’s challenging Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoCongress must deliver aid and empower localities to continue assisting in COVID-19 response Lawmakers zero in on Twitter following massive hack Democrat Dana Balter to face Rep. John Katko in NY House rematch MORE (R-N.Y.); and Ken Harbaugh, who’s running against Rep. Bob GibbsRobert (Bob) Brian GibbsOcasio-Cortez, Tlaib propose amendment to defund administration of 'opportunity zone' program House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Judge rules against Trump attempt to delay Obama water rule MORE (R-Ohio).

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“Incredible Democratic candidates with records of service are working hard every day to earn the trust of voters and build competitive, grass-roots campaigns,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján.

“With Democrats winning the debate on affordable health care and an economic agenda to raise wages and lower costs, we are in a great position to take back the House in November.”

The designation is not an endorsement, but the committee will provide those challengers with fundraising and organizational support.

In offering the support, the DCCC is signaling its preference in a few contested primaries.

Cisneros, for example, is one of six Democrats looking to flip a seat in a district that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war Should Biden consider a veteran for vice president? Biden leads Trump by nearly 40 points in California: poll MORE won in 2016.

California has a slate of competitive seats with crowded primaries, which complicates Democrats’ path thanks to the state’s top-two primary. Candidates regardless of party affiliation run in one primary and the top two vote-getters advance to the fall election.

Perez Williams, a former U.S. Navy officer, is facing a primary against Dana Balter, who is backed by local party leaders who have accused the DCCC of interference. The primary is on June 26.

Another notable addition to the DCCC’s program is Tucker, a state representative who has put a district that went for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE in play.

Tucker outraised Hill in the first three months of the year, which prompted nonpartisan election handicapper Cook Political Report to shift the race from likely Republican to lean Republican.

 --Updated at 4:39 p.m.