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House GOP political shop moves Dold, Bost to top of list

WASHINGTON–The GOP House political shop, the National Republican Congressional Committee, on Monday elevated two Republican challengers, former Rep. Bob Dold R-Ill. and Mike Bost to its select list of ten “Young Gun Candidates” who are targeted to get the most help from the NRCC.

Dold is in an 10th congressional district rematch with Rep. Brad Schneider D-Ill. and Bost is challenging Rep. Bill Enyart D-Ill. in the 12th congressional district.

MIA from this list, GOPers in other districts the NRCC had on their radar: State Rep. Darlene Senger, running against Rep. Bill Foster D-Ill. in the 11th congressional district and former Rep. Bobby Schilling in the 17th congressional district, in a rematch against Rep. Cheri Bustos D-Ill.

“These candidates have reached the third and final level by establishing a clear path to victory through their ability to build a formidable campaign structure and achieve important goals and benchmarks,” the NRCC said in a statement. That means that Dold and Bost met fundraising goals the NRCC set for them.

“Candidates that reach ‘Young Gun’ status have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in a position to win on Election Day,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden in a statement. “Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama Administration. These 10 candidates have outlined conservative principles that will grow jobs, stop the harmful effects of ObamaCare, and get Washington’s spending under control. I am confident that these candidates will continue to advocate for hardworking families in their respective districts through the November Elections.”

The NRCC’s First Round of ‘Young Gun’ Candidates are:

Martha McSally (AZ-02)

Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)

Bob Dold (IL-10)

Mike Bost (IL-12)

Richard Tisei (MA-06)

Torrey Westrom (MN-07)

Stewart Mills (MN-08)

Ryan Costello (PA-06)

Barbara Comstock (VA-10)

Evan Jenkins (WV-03)