The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will announce today the addition of 11 candidates to its “Red to Blue” program, nearly doubling the number of eligible contenders.
Party leaders are eager to demonstrate that they are not just playing defense this election year, and the Red to Blue program, which largely aims to flip Republican-held seats into the Democratic column, is a key part of that strategy. The DCCC has previously named 15 members of the program, bringing the total so far to 26.
“These candidates being named to our Red to Blue Program are running strong campaigns and demonstrating their commitment to being independent leaders who will make job creation back home their top priority,” DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said in a statement. “The Red to Blue Program will give these strong candidates the financial and structural edge they need to win in November.”
Seven of the 11 candidates are vying for open seats currently held by Democrats.
To qualify for the program, candidates must show an ability to surpass “demanding fundraising goals” and demonstrate skill in connecting with voters. In return, the candidates receive “financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support,” according to committee officials.
And that’s probably why my good friend Charlie Justice is not on the list.