NRCC grows Patriot program by 15

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has expanded its list of vulnerable members who it will focus its incumbent retention program on.

The NRCC added 15 members to its Patriot program Wednesday, and they join the 10 members who were originally put on the list.

The new members are Reps. Mike Rogers (Ala.), Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Bill Posey (Fla.), Tom Rooney (Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Lynn Jenkins (Kan.), John FlemingJohn FlemingIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns House panel approves Puerto Rico debt relief MORE (La.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Michele BachmannMichele BachmannChief strategist of pro-Trump super-PAC guilty in payment scandal GOP operative Ed Rollins joins pro-Trump super-PAC Michele Bachmann trolls Clinton on NYC subway MORE (Minn.), Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.), Lee Terry (Neb.), Scott GarrettScott GarrettDivided GOP to powwow on budget Overnight Campaign: Paul mounts attempt to make main debate stage Republican: ObamaCare helped 'one or two people' nationally MORE (N.J.), Dean HellerDean HellerLake Mead hits record low water level Tough choice for vulnerable GOP senators: Embrace or reject Trump Press: Forget about GOP unity in 2016 MORE (Nev.), Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Cynthia LummisCynthia LummisThe Hill's 12:30 Report GOP women push Trump on VP pick GOP lawmaker suggests Trump pick woman as VP MORE (Wyo.).

Posey, Rooney, Jenkins, Fleming, Cassidy, Luetkemeyer and Lummis are all freshman. The others were targeted by Democrats in 2008, with mixed results.

There are a few curious absences from the list so far.

One is Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.). Several of the new Patriots had opponents raise big money against them in the second quarter, and Castle did too. Take it as a sign that the party believes there's little chance he will be seeking reelection.

Another is Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.). Young comes from a tough district and has a solid opponent, yet seemingly less vulnerable members with no opponents are still being added to the list before him. Could be a sign of retirement.

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