The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated 11 more candidates to "Young Gun" status, moving these prospects to the top tier of of their benchmark program for campaigns in 2014.
“Candidates that reach ‘Young Gun’ status have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in position to win on Election Day,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a Tuesday statement. "Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration." All of the following, newly-minted Young Gun candidates have recently won their primaries . The NRCC does not publicly pick sides in primaries.
The 11 new Young Gun candidates are:
California's 3rd District: State Assemblyman Dan Logue, who is challenging Democratic Rep. John Garamendi. (Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating: Safe Democrat )
California's 7th District: Former Rep. Doug Ose, who defeated a crowded GOP field and will face freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera in November. (Rating: Leans Democratic )
California's 26th District: State Sen. Jeff Gorell, who will face freshman Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley. (Rating: Democrat Favored )
California's 36th District: Former Capitol Hill aide Brian Nestande, who will face freshman Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz. (Rating: Democrat Favored )
California's 52nd District: Former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, who will face freshman Democratic Rep. Scott Peters in this top-target race. (Rating: Tossup )
Georgia's 12th District: Construction company owner Rick Allen, who avoided a Republican runoff and will face Democratic Rep. John Barrow in this top-target of a district. (Rating: Leans Democrat )
Illinois 11th District: State Rep. Darlene Senger, who will face Rep. Bill Foster in November. (Rating: Safe Democrat )
Illinois 17th District: Former Rep. Bobby Schilling, who will face freshman Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos. (Rating: Leans Democrat )
New Jersey's 3rd District: Former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur, the new GOP nominee in this highly targeted, open seat, will face Democratic Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard in November. (Rating: Tossup )
Washington's 1st District: Former Microsoft Executive Pedro Celis, who will face freshman Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene in November. (Rating: Safe Democrat )
West Virginia's 2nd District: Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney, who will face former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey in this open-seat contest in November. (Rating: Leans Republican )
These 11 candidates join 10 others who earned the same top distinction in May. Some of those GOP recruits include Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, who is running in Arizona's 2nd District, former Rep. Bob Dold, who is running in Illinois' 10th District, and state Sen. Torrey Westrom, who is running in Minnesota's 7th District, among others.
Last week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced nine more of their candidates had joined a similar program , Red to Blue, for the party's top candidates in open and GOP-held seats.