The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee designated four recent primary winners as "Red to Blue" candidates Thursday. After becoming Democratic nominees in contested August primaries, former Arizona state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona's 9th District), former Connecticut state Rep. Elizabeth Esty (Connecticut's 5th District), three-time nominee Joe Garcia (Florida's 26th District), and former Rep. Rick Nolan (Minnesota's 8th District) are now part of the committee's challenger support program. The latter three candidates are running against Republican freshmen, while Sinema is competing for a new seat created by redistricting.
All four districts had previously been tapped as "Red to Blue districts," but the DCCC chose not to designate one candidate from the field until after the primaries. The committee also elevated three nominees - Jessica Ehrlich in Florida's 13th District, Syed Taj in Michigan's 11th District, and Upendra Chivukula in New Jersey's 7th District - to its second-tier "Emerging Races" category.
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