Sessions said the NRCC also has a “watch list” of 25 more districts that could become competitive under the right circumstances.
A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dismissed the NRCC’s claim that it will be able to stay on offense next year. The DCCC on Thursday rolled out a list of recent candidate recruits it is touting in top races.
“From polling to town hall meetings, voters are rejecting the Republican agenda,” spokesman Jesse Ferguson said. “That’s not being on offense, that’s being offensive.”
Meanwhile, Sessions and Walden highlighted the committee’s fundraising last month, which was its best off-year June since 2005. The NRCC raised $6.7 million, topping the DCCC last month by $500,000. It had about $3.6 million more in the bank than the DCCC had and $1.2 million less in debt at the end of June.
Walden singled out Rep. Charles Bass (R-N.H.), who returned to Congress this year after two terms out of office, as the epitome of the early success of the NRCC’s Patriot program.
Bass raised more than $300,000 last quarter, thanks in part to a “Patriot Day” fundraising event last month, during which each of the 10 Members in the program raised $130,000 to $150,000.
“Charlie Bass, for example, that’s probably the most he’s ever raised this early in the cycle,” Walden said. “So he’s taking it seriously, and so are we.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.