DCCC ‘Red to Blue’ List at All-Time High

Posted October 14, 2008 at 3:46pm

With eight more candidates added to its “Red to Blue” program Tuesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has now named more candidates to its flagship fundraising and infrastructure program this cycle than it did during the banner 2006 cycle.

Red to Blue, which focuses on flipping Republican-held House seats, now includes 63 candidates, including 22 candidates in open-seat contests in districts that had been held by Republicans.

In the previous cycle, Red to Blue raised $22.6 million for 56 Democratic House challenger candidates, an average of nearly $404,000 per campaign.

The latest Red to Blue candidates are trial attorney Larry Joe Doherty (D) who is facing Rep. Michael McCaul (R) in Texas’ 10th district; Dallas County Democratic Chairwoman Becky Greenwald, who is taking on Iowa Rep. Tom Latham (R); businessman Jim Harlan (D), who is hoping to unseat newly elected Rep. Steve Scalise in Louisiana’s 1st district; wealthy businesswoman Linda Ketner (D), who is facing Rep. Henry Brown (R) in South Carolina’s 1st district; former prosecutor Nick Leibham (D), who is facing California Rep. Brian Bilbray (R); attorney Josh Segall (D), who is taking on Rep. Mike Rogers (R) in Alabama’s 3rd district; rabbi and psychologist Dennis Shulman (D), who is battling Rep. Scott Garrett in New Jersey; and former Mayor Elwyn Tinklenberg (D), who is hoping to defeat Michele Bachmann (R) in Minnesota’s 6th district.

Several of those new Red to Blue candidates were already included on the DCCC’s lower-tier “Races to Watch” and “Emerging Races” lists.