Campaign 2010

Apr 24, 2012

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 14 New Red to Blue Races

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel today announced 14 more races have qualified for the highly competitive Red to Blue program as the latest wave in the DCCC’s ‘Drive for 25’ campaign to win the House. These candidates have earned a spot on Red to Blue by surpassing aggressive fundraising, organization and infrastructure goals. These candidates also demonstrate they are problem solvers who will represent the American people’s priorities and protect the middle class.


Additionally, Chairman Israel announced four (4) new Majority Maker candidates and 13 Emerging Races.  The Red to Blue program is co-chaired by Congressman Jared Polis (CO) and Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD), and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz serves as the National Chair for Recruitment and Candidate Services. 


“These candidates have earned a spot in this competitive program by being on offense and working tirelessly to hold Republicans accountable for repeatedly choosing Millionaires over Medicare,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “As long as Republicans have the wrong priorities for the middle class, they’re going to be unable to defend themselves against these top tier Democratic candidates who have put control of the House in play. Allyson Schwartz, along with Jared Polis and Donna Edwards, have already shown their tremendous leadership of our Red to Blue program and will continue to help our candidates build winning campaigns through Election Day.”


70 percent of the current Red to Blue candidates outraised their Republican opponent in the first quarter of 2012 (16 of 23). The House Race Hotline wrote these Red to Blue candidates are the “strongest recruiting class since '06, no small feat.”


New Red to Blue (14)

Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)

Pete Aguilar (CA-31)

Raul Ruiz (CA-36) 

Joe Miklosi (CO-06)

Patrick Murphy (FL-18)

David Crooks (IN-08)

Gary McDowell (MI-01)

John Delaney (MD-06)

Shelley Adler (NJ-03)

Julian Schreibman (NY-19)

Manan Trivedi (PA-06)

Pat Kreitlow (WI-07)

Arizona’s 9th District*

New York’s 18th District*


New Emerging Races (13)

Q. Byrum Hurst (AR-04)

Blong Xiong (CA-21)

Gloria Romero Roses (FL-26)

Teresa Hensley (MO-04)

Hayden Rogers (NC-11)

Mark Murphy (NY-11)

Dan Lamb (NY-22)

Joyce Healy-Abrams (OH-07)

Sharen Neuhardt (OH-10)

George Badey (PA-07)

Larry Maggi (PA-18)

Matt Varilek (SD-AL)

New York’s 23rd District*


New Majority Makers (4)

Tony Cardenas (CA-29)

Dan Kildee (MI-05)

Dina Titus (NV-01)

Joyce Beatty (OH-03)


About Red to Blue

The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns. 


About Majority Makers

Majority Makers highlights Democratic candidates in strong Democratic districts.


About Emerging Races

Emerging Races highlights candidates and districts that are making themselves competitive by running smart campaigns which are becoming increasingly competitive. 


*Added as a Red to Blue District or Emerging Races District