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 FlemingHouse GOP braces for spending, IRS fights Freedom Caucus committed to impeaching IRS chief despite Huelskamp loss IRS chief blasts impeachment push in Chaffetz's home state MORE (La.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Michele BachmannMichele BachmannHuma Abedin's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood Michele Bachmann: I'm advising Trump on foreign policy Trump has jumped the shark by picking Breitbart exec as CEO MORE (Minn.), Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.), Lee Terry (Neb.), Scott GarrettScott GarrettThe Trail 2016: Candidate tug-of-war Dem group slams NJ Republican for 'hateful agenda' Divided GOP to powwow on budget MORE (N.J.), Dean HellerDean HellerMcAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat Senators offer bill removing hurdles to offering stock options Six senators call on housing regulator to let Congress finish housing finance reform MORE (Nev.), Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Cynthia LummisCynthia LummisProgram for protecting species under Endangered Species Act badly needs a jump-start Liz Cheney expected to cruise through Tuesday primary GOP probes EPA response to NY state water contamination 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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