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NRCC Announces Another Crop of ‘Young Guns’

Walden is a Oregon Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Walden is a Oregon Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Monday nine more candidates had achieved “Young Gun” status, the top tier of their candidate recruitment and training program.  

The new members increases the number of “Young Gun” candidates this cycle to 43 . These candidates have met unannounced fundraising and organizational goals. In return, the NRCC gives them fundraising and strategic help.  

House Democrats would have to pick up a net of 17 seats to win the majority in the next Congress — a nearly impossible scenario. Instead, House Republicans are poised to pick up a few seats, thanks in part to the president’s unpopularity.  

“Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a news release. “These candidates will fight to stop the harmful consequences of ObamaCare, grow the economy and get Washington’s spending under control.”  

The new Young Gun candidates are:  

Arizona’s 1st District: State House Speaker Andy Tobin, who narrowly advanced past a GOP primary in August to face Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in November. Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call Rating: Tilts Democrat .  

Arizona’s 9th District: Retired Air Force Col. Wendy Rogers, who won a GOP primary in August to face Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. Rating: Democrat Favored.
Hawaii’s 1st District: Former Rep. Charles Djou, who faces state Rep. Mark Takai in this open-seat race to replace Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Hanabusa lost a Democratic primary last month for Senate. Rating: Safe Democrat .  

Maine’s 2nd District: Former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, who faces state Sen. Emily Cain in this open-seat contest to replace Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud. The six-term congressman is running for governor in the Pine Tree State. Rating: Democrat Favored .  

Michigan’s 4th District: State. Sen. John Moolenaar, who is the GOP nominee to replace retiring GOP Rep. Dave Camp. Rating: Safe Republican .  

Michigan’s 8th District: Former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, who is running to replace retiring Republican Rep. Mike Rogers. Rating: Republican Favored .  

New Hampshire’s 1st District: The NRCC preemptively announced the “Republican Nominee” will be a Young Gun after Tuesday’s GOP primary. The top two contenders are former Rep. Frank Guinta and businessman Dan Innis. The nominee faces Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in November. Rating: Tilts Democrat
New Hampshire’s 2nd District: Like the 1st District, the NRCC lists the eventual GOP nominee as a Young Gun. Former state Sen. Gary Lambert and state Rep. Marilinda Garcia are the top two contenders in Tuesday’s primary. Whomever wins the primary faces Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster. Rating: Leans Democrat
Wisconsin’s 6th District: State Sen. Glenn Grothman, who is the GOP nominee to replace retiring GOP Rep. Tom Petri. Rating: Safe Republican

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