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NRCC Announces New 'Contender' Candidates

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced today that eight GOP House candidates are one step closer to earning the committee's top-tier Young Guns status.

Those eight candidates progressed to the Contender level, the third step in the four-step Young Guns program. The candidates must meet district-specific benchmarks to move through the program, which gives fundraising and infrastructure assistance.

Indiana: Messer, Brooks Win Open-Seat GOP Primaries

Updated 10:13 p.m.| Luke Messer, the former executive director of the state Republican Party, won the crowded primary for Rep. Mike Pence's (R) eastern Indiana seat.

Messer defeated conservative activist Travis Hankins with almost 42 percent of the vote and 83 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Indiana: Club for Growth Backs Ex-Rep. McIntosh

The Club for Growth backed former Rep. David McIntosh's (R) comeback bid in Indiana's open 5th district today.

“David McIntosh has long been a champion of economic freedom, and we are excited to endorse his candidacy,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement.

FreedomWorks PAC Endorses 10 Candidates

Conservative organization FreedomWorks PAC today released its “first slate” of House endorsements.

NRCC Promotes Three to ‘Contender’ Status

Missouri's Ann Wagner and two other Republican House candidates have joined the silver tier of the NRCC's Young Guns program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce today a second round of candidates who have become “Contenders” in its four-level fundraising and infrastructure program for open-seat and challenger candidates.

Three candidates were added to the silver tier of the NRCC’s Young Guns program. The new “Contenders” are former Ambassador Ann Wagner in Missouri’s open 2nd district, former state Rep. Luke Messer in Indiana’s open 5th district and businessman Steve Daines in Montana’s open at-large district.

FEC Nightcap: More Winners, Losers and Noteworthy Reports

While you munched on dinner and the Florida primary wrapped up, Roll Call's politics team continued to sort through year-end fundraising reports that are due by midnight to the Federal Election Commission. Here are our picks for winners, losers and noteworthy filings this evening:

Winners:

FEC for Lunch: Winners, Losers and Noteworthy Reports

During our lunch hour, the Roll Call politics team scoured fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and press releases that landed in our inboxes. Here's our roundup of the winners and losers, as well as some noteworthy reports on this year-end filing day:

Winners:

Indiana: Veteran Rep. Dan Burton to Retire

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:37 a.m. | Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) will retire this year after serving 15 terms in the House, according to Hoosier State sources.

Burton will announce his retirement on the state House floor, per state Sen. Mike Delph (R), a former Burton aide and one of the Congressman's closest political allies in Indianapolis.