Campaign 2010

Jun 18, 2008

DCCC Announces Third Round of Red to Blue

DCCC Announces Third Round of Red to Blue


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced today the next round of candidates who earned a spot in the DCCC's highly competitive Red to Blue program.  These 14 candidates qualified for the third round of the Red to Blue program by surpassing demanding fundraising goals and skillfully demonstrating to voters that they stand for change and will represent new priorities when elected to Congress.  The DCCC also released a list of 20 emerging races, where Democratic candidates are running strong campaigns that are generating excitement in their districts.


"The candidates for change being named to the DCCC Red to Blue program are running strong campaigns and are committed to making things easier for middle class families in their districts," said Chris Van Hollen, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "With less than five months to make their case for change to voters in their districts, the Red to Blue program will give these candidates the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive in November." 


Chairman Van Hollen joined Red to Blue co-chairs Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Artur Davis (D-AL), and Bruce Braley (D-IA) to announce 14 candidates who qualified for the Red to Blue program:



Ethan Berkowitz (AK-AL)

Paul Carmouche (LA-04)

Gerry Connolly (VA-11)

Joe Garcia (FL-25)

Martin Heinrich (NM-01)

Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)

Frank Kratovil (MD-01)

Bob Lord (AZ-03)

Betsy Markey (CO-04)

Raul Martinez (FL-21)

Mike McMahon (NY-13)

Glenn Nye (VA-02)

Harry Teague (NM-02)

Dina Titus (NV-03)


Reflecting Democrats' expanding playing field this cycle, there are now 37 candidates on the Red to Blue program.  The Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country and offers them financial, communications, and strategic support.  The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.  


Red to Blue was a proven success in the 2006 cycle.  In 2006, the Red to Blue program raised nearly $22.6 million for 56 campaigns with an average of $404,000 per campaign.  Red to Blue was also responsible for solidifying the structure of dozens of campaigns and making a real difference for Democrats across America.


The DCCC also announced 20 emerging races. In each of these races, Democratic candidates have generated excitement in their districts for their campaigns for change:


Sam Bennett (PA-15)

David Boswell (KY-02)

Colleen Callahan (IL-18)

Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03)

Jill Derby (NV-02)

John Dicks (FL-09)

Judy Feder (VA-10)

Nick Leibham (CA-50)

Dan Johnson (NC-10)

Mike Montagano (IN-03)

Jill Morgenthaler (IL-06)

Tom Perriello (VA-05)

Bob Roggio (PA-06)

Steve Sarvi (MN-02)

Dennis Shulman (NJ-05)

Josh Segall (AL-03)

Michael Skelly (TX-07)

Annette Taddeo (FL-18)

El Tinklenberg (MN-06)

Vic Wulsin (OH-02)


As these campaigns continue to develop and demonstrate increasing strength, candidates will have an opportunity to qualify for the Red to Blue program.