House Republicans' campaign arm on Tuesday added 11 recruits to its "Young Guns" program for top contenders, including five from California, which recently concluded its all-party primaries.
The National Republican Congressional Committee's California additions include: Assemblyman Dan Logue (R), who is challenging Rep. John Garamendi (D); former congressman Doug Ose (R), who is running against Rep. Ami Bera (D); Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, who is challenging Rep. Julia Brownley (D); Assemblyman Brian Nestande, who is trying to unseat Rep. Raul Ruiz (D); and former San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio (R), who is running against Rep Scott Peters (D).
"Young Guns" is the top tier in the NRCC's recruitment program for candidates running in open races or against Democratic incumbents.
The NRCC also added construction company owner Rick Allen (R), who is running against Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.); state Rep. Darlene Senger, who is challenging Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.); former congressman Bobby Schilling (R), who is running against Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.); businessman Tom MacArthur (R), who is running for the seat of retiring Rep. Jon Runyan (D-N.J.); retired Microsoft engineer Pedro Celis (R), who is running against Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.); and former Maryland GOP chairman Alex Mooney (R), who is trying to win the open seat being vacated by Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's (R-W.Va.).
Republicans need to retain or take over 17 seats to maintain control of the House this fall. Strategists in both parties agree it is extremely likely that will happen.