New York Times: Democrats Add to List of Campaign Challengers

In the midst of what looks to be a difficult election cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is adding 11 candidates to a program that mainly looks to capture Republican-held seats.

But, on some level, the newest members of the campaign committee’s Red to Blue program have a more “Blue to Blue” vibe — seven of the candidates are running for open seats now held by Democrats.

Mike Oliverio, who defeated Representative Alan B. Mollohan of West Virginia in the Democratic primary last month, is among the 11 new Red to Blue members looking to defend Democratic open seats, joined by, among others, a pair of Arkansas candidates who recently won run-offs (Joyce Elliott and Chad Causey).

With the newest additions, 26 candidates are now part of the Red to Blue program, which offers strategic and financial support to its members. In a statement, Representative Chris Van Hollen, the Maryland Democrat and chairman of the campaign committee, said the 11 additions “are running strong campaigns and demonstrating their commitment to being independent leaders who will make job creation back home their top priority.”

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