DCCC Announces Second Round of ‘Red to Blue’ Candidates
With seven additions, Red to Blue program includes 18 challengers so far

Army veteran Max Rose, who’s running in New York’s 11th District, has been named by the DCCC to its Red to Blue list. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is naming seven more candidates to its Red to Blue program, which highlights Democratic recruits who have met certain campaign goals.

The list of challengers, obtained first by Roll Call, brings the total number of Red to Blue candidates to 18. The DCCC is rolling out additions to its list more frequently and in more targeted batches than in previous cycles. The committee released its first round of picks in November.

North Carolina Philanthropist Challenging Ted Budd in 13th District
Democrat Kathy Manning had considered running for Senate in 2016

Kathy Manning is seeking the Democratic nod in North Carolina’s 13th District. (Courtesy Kathy Manning for Congress)

On paper at least, North Carolina’s 13th District seat is the most competitive in the state for Democrats next year. And now, the national party has a candidate they’re excited about in Kathy Manning, who announced her campaign Wednesday. 

Manning, a philanthropist and former immigration lawyer, is hoping to take on freshman Republican Ted Budd, a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

Club for Growth Candidate Wins Crowded North Carolina Primary
Ted Budd won with less than 40 percent of the vote

Ted Budd, left, was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC in North Carolina's 13th District. (Courtesy Ted Budd for Congress Facebook page)

Businessman Ted Budd defeated a field of 16 other Republicans Tuesday night to become the likeliest new member of Congress from North Carolina.   

Most of the candidates in the new 13th District were little known. But the Club for Growth PAC endorsed the firing range owner, airing two ads on his behalf.   

First GOP Incumbent to Fall on Busy Primary Day
One of North Carolina's Republican members will lose on Tuesday

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., left, arrives for a House Republican Conference meeting in October. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tuesday will be a busy day for congressional candidates, with primaries in four states.  

No matter what, the first GOP incumbent of the year will lose.  

Seventeen Republicans Walk into a Primary...
(No, not that one)

Clockwise from top, left: Ted Budd, Julia Howard, Andrew Brock, Matt McCall, Vernon Robinson, and Kay Daly are some of the GOP candidates vying for the open seat in North Carolina's 13th District.

Seventeen Republicans in the same primary? Voters know how that race turned out .    

But the GOP presidential race wasn't the only primary this year to feature 17 candidates.