Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) named the first round of 2020 congressional candidates to the organization’s Red to Blue program Tuesday. The 12 selected candidates will receive financial and organizational support from the DCCC, which is House Democrats’ official campaign arm.
The named candidates include 10 who are running for a Republican-held seat, one running for the seat currently held by retiring Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), and one running in California’s 25th district, which is currently vacant following Katie Hill’s (D) resignation. All but one of the named candidates faces a contested primary.
Launched in 2004, the Red to Blue program offers support to Democratic candidates running for U.S. House seats which are either open or held by a Republican incumbent. Qualifying candidates are required to demonstrate that they have met specific organizational and financial benchmarks. In the 2018 campaign cycle, the DCCC named 92 candidates to the program, 43 of whom won election to the House.
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