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Playing Field Expands Again: Democrats Give N.Y. Quartet 'Red to Blue' Status

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In yet another indication that national Democrats are bullish on their chances of taking control of the House, four New York House races were added today to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” fundraising program.

The newest Empire State candidates to receive the designation include David Mejias, who is running against Rep. Peter King (R); musician John Hall, who is seeking to oust Rep. Sue Kelly (R); factory owner Jack Davis as he takes on NRCC chairman Rep. Tom Reynolds; and retired Navy Cmdr. Eric Massa, who is challenging Rep. Randy Kuhl (R).

The Red to Blue program provides extra fundraising, communications and strategic help to the most promising Democratic candidates for House seats.

At this late stage, however, Democratic sources acknowledged that inclusion on the list is not a guarantee the campaign committee will make independent expenditures, though it does mean these candidates will have access to the DCCC’s list of deep-pocketed donors.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who co-chairs the program, was scheduled to appear with Hall at a noon news conference at Croton Point Park on the banks of the Hudson River. The Hall campaign today released a poll that shows Hall trailing Kelly by only two points when “leaners” were included in each candidate’s percentages.

— Bree Hocking

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