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

House Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program
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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 RoyceK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lawmakers propose banning shark fin trade MORE (R-Calif.); Clarke Tucker, who’s looking to unseat Rep. French HillJames (French) French HillRestore Pell Grant eligibility to people in prison Here are the lawmakers who will forfeit their salaries during the shutdown Rep. French Hill wins after unexpected challenge MORE (R-Ark.); Tom Malinowski, who’s running against Rep. Leonard LanceLeonard LancePush for ‘Medicare for all’ worries centrist Dems Incoming Dem lawmaker: Trump 'sympathizes' with leaders 'accused of moral transgressions' On The Money: Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority | Grassley opts for Finance gavel, setting Graham up for Judiciary | Trump says China eager for trade deal | Facebook reeling after damning NYT report MORE (R-N.J.); Juanita Perez Williams, who’s challenging Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoAfter National Police Week, clearer heads must prevail in legislation slashing Amtrak security Here are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act MORE (R-N.Y.); and Ken Harbaugh, who’s running against Rep. Bob GibbsRobert (Bob) Brian GibbsHouse conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Judge rules against Trump attempt to delay Obama water rule House Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program 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 ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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.