House GOP highlights 16 ‘On the Radar’ candidates

The House GOP’s campaign arm released a second round of “On the Radar” candidates on Monday, as Republicans look to highlight promising candidates ahead of the 2018 midterms.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) named 16 more candidates to the first phase of the committee’s “Young Guns” program, which were provided first to The Hill.

Those candidates join 30 others named in October who fulfilled certain requirements regarding their campaign organization.

Republicans are eyeing a number of pick-up opportunities in seats held or being vacated by Democratic incumbents, but they’re mostly on defense as Democrats seek to flip 24 seats to take back the House.

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“We’re excited to announce another round of impressive candidates who’ve put themselves in position to be successful in 2018,” NRCC chairman Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversGOP lawmakers say Steve King’s loss could help them in November Longtime GOP Rep. Steve King defeated in Iowa primary Five things to watch in Tuesday’s primaries MORE (R-Ohio) said in a statement. “House Democrats have tried to obstruct our agenda at every turn and our Republican challengers are ready to hold them accountable.”

The campaign committee’s selection of “On the Radar” candidates are not endorsements and some races have multiple GOP challengers named to the program.

The second round features GOP challengers in some of the cycle’s most competitive races, which include: Tiffany Shedd, who’s challenging Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.); John McCann, who’s challenging Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerGun control group rolls out House endorsements A quiet, overlooked revolution in congressional power Bipartisan Senate group offers new help to state, local governments MORE (D-N.J.); Lea Marquez Peterson, who’s running to replace Senate hopeful Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE (R-Ariz.); Carla Nelson, who’s running to succeed outgoing Rep. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzAuthorities investigating disruptions of police radios, networks during protests: report Christopher Columbus statue toppled outside Minnesota Capitol Manufacturing company leaving Minneapolis because it ‘didn’t protect our people’ MORE (D-Minn.); Steve Watkins, who’s running to succeed Rep. Lynn JenkinsLynn Haag JenkinsBottom line Former GOP Rep. Costello launches lobbying shop Kansas Republican dropping Senate bid to challenge GOP rep MORE (R-Kan.); Mike Pries, who’s running to replace retiring Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: WHO vs. Trump; Bernie’s out The biggest political upsets of the decade Ex-GOP lawmaker: Former colleagues privately say they’re ‘disgusted and exhausted’ by Trump MORE (R-Pa.); and Rocky Raczkowski and Klint Kesto, who are both running to replace Rep. David Trott (R-Mich.).

In the 2016 election, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE carried both O’Halleran and Gottheimer’s districts by 1 point, while more easily winning Dent and Trott’s seats. He cruised to victory in Walz and Jenkins’s districts with double-digit margins. But Trump lost McSally’s district by nearly 5 points.

The NRCC also highlighted a number of GOP challengers running in safer Democratic seats including: Kimberlin Brown, who is running against Rep. Raul RuizRaul RuizIn Trump response to coronavirus, left sees environmental injustice House coronavirus bill aims to prevent utility shutoffs OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Oil prices jump amid partial reopenings | Bill aims to block fossil fuel firms from coronavirus aid | Tribes to receive some coronavirus aid after court battle MORE (D-Calif.); Michael Allman, who’s running against Rep. Scott PetersScott H. PetersThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by The American Investment Council – Trump, Pence tested, in more ways than one House Democrats press Pelosi for automatic unemployment insurance and food stamp extensions Issa advances in bid to fill Hunter’s vacant House seat MORE (D-Calif.); Peter Tedeschi, who’s challenging Rep. Bill KeatingWilliam (Bill) Richard KeatingOvernight Defense: National Guard chief negative in third coronavirus test | Pentagon IG probing Navy’s coronavirus response | Democrats blast use of Russia deterrence funds on border wall Democrats blast ‘blatant misuse’ of Russia deterrence funding on border wall Lawmakers urge EU to sanction Putin associate for election interference MORE (D-Mass.); Candius Stearns, who’s running to succeed retiring Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.); Dan DeBono, who’s running against Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.); and Jim Maxwell, who’s challenging Rep. Louise SlaughterDorothy (Louise) Louise SlaughterHouse passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading Sotomayor, Angela Davis formally inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame Seven Republicans vote against naming post office after ex-Rep. Louise Slaughter MORE (D-N.Y.).

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And the committee propped up GOP contenders in seats that the party is expected to hold, which include Christina Hagan, who’s running to replace Senate hopeful Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciOhio is suddenly a 2020 battleground Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Medicare for All won’t deliver what Democrats promise MORE (R-Ohio); and Andrew Lewis, who’s running to succeed Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaBottom Line Ex-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts MORE (R-Pa.).

Updated at 9:48 a.m.

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