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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.

Pennsylvania: Mark Critz and Jason Altmire Launch TV Ads

Pennsylvania Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz will go on the air this week with their first TV ads ahead of the April 24 Democratic primary.

The early ad campaigns signal that the two are running an aggressive race against each other in this southwestern Pennsylvania district. The Keystone State lost a House seat this cycle due to lagging population growth, and Republican mapmakers moved the two Democrats into the same district, forcing them to face off next month.

Pennsylvania: GOP Leaders Threaten to Move Primary Date

Chaos over the state legislative redistricting maps might delay Pennsylvania's April 24 primary — a move that would effect Congressional and presidential races, too.

A later primary would give the Keystone State less prominence on the presidential nominating calendar, as well as influence several House contests, including the high-profile primary between Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz in the redrawn 12th district.

Pennsylvania: NRCC Aide Declines Bid for Todd Platts’ Seat

Brock McCleary, a top political aide at the National Republican Congressional Committee, will not run for Congress in his home state of Pennsylvania.

McCleary considered a bid in the 4th district in the wake of Rep. Todd Platts’ (R) retirement announcement. But on Monday, the NRCC’s deputy political director confirmed that he’s no longer looking at the seat.

Three GOP Candidates Seek Pennsylvania 4th District Seat

Three GOP candidates indicated this week that they will seek the seat of retiring Rep. Todd Platts (R-Pa.): state Rep. Scott Perry, York County Commissioner Chris Reilly and attorney Sean Summers.

The south-central Pennsylvania district is a safe GOP seat, and the winner of the primary will most likely be Platts’ successor. Perry estimated he’ll need at least $500,000 to compete in the April 24 primary.