National Democrats have added John Delaney to their top-tier candidate development program, the latest sign that they consider the financier’s race to unseat Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.) one of the party’s top House pickup opportunities in the country.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Tuesday that Delaney had been named to its “Red to Blue” program, reserved for candidates who meet a series of fundraising and organizational goals.


John Delaney’s race in Maryland is much-touted by national Democrats. (Matt McClain/For The Washington Post)

The label means the DCCC will offer Delaney extra help during his campaign and bring him to the attention of key party donors. Delaney has already demonstrated some fundraising prowess, raising more than $900,000 from outside donors in addition to the $1.7 million he shelled out from his own pocket.