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DCCC Adds New Red To Blue Contenders

Updated at 5:18 p.m.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added a half-dozen new candidates to its "Red to Blue" list of premier challengers Wednesday afternoon. David Gill (Illinois 13th District), former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (New Hampshire 1st), Mark Murphy (New York 11th), Sean Patrick Maloney (New York 18th), and the more recently nominated Pete Gallego (Texas 23rd) and Suzan DelBene (Washington 1st) were all added to the list today.

The DCCC also rolled out a number of other candidates who had been added to the "Red to Blue" list in the last two months. Of the six new members, four are running against freshmen Republican incumbents and the other two (Gill and DelBene) are running in open seats, one Republican and one Democratic. The targeted GOP freshmen are Reps. Frank Guinta in New Hampshire, Michael Grimm and Nan Hayworth in New York, and Quico Canseco in Texas.

DelBene only advanced from her primary in Washington state last night, as did several Michigan candidates the DCCC touted late last night and early this morning. On a conference call, DCCC chairman Steve Israel said that the committee was evaluating the candidates who emerged from Michigan's primaries and would be making decisions about them in the future.

The DCCC added one of those candidates, Michigan 3rd District nominee Steve Pestka, to its second-tier list of "Emerging Races," along with Minnesota 6th District nominee Jim Graves.

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