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Posted at 11:36 a.m. on May 17, 2012
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.
“These candidates have worked hard to meet the benchmarks that have been laid out before them and are determined to hold Washington Democrats accountable this November,” NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said in a statement.
The new Contenders are:
The NRCC also announced that five candidates entered the first step, or Vanguard status, of the Young Guns program. The committee’s press release said the designation is intended for “candidates running in Republican-leaning open seats.”
The Vanguard candidates are: