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 HillA true believer in diversity, inclusion Restore Pell Grant eligibility to people in prison Here are the lawmakers who will forfeit their salaries during the shutdown 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 KatkoOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Senate panel advances bill to protect government devices against cyber threats House passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban 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 Clinton5 things to watch in the Democratic debates Democrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt Mellman: Are primary debates different? 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 TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama 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.