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 FlemingHHS chief meets with House Republicans on abortion dispute Admin. rejects complaint that California broke abortion law The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (La.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Michele BachmannMichele BachmannFalwell faces flak for posing with Trump in front of Playboy The Trail 2016: On faith and the economy Michele Bachmann to advise Trump on evangelical issues 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 HellerGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Long past time to fix evidence-sharing across borders Obama's great internet giveaway MORE (Nev.), Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Cynthia LummisCynthia LummisGOP threatens Kerry with another Keystone subpoena The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP women push Trump on VP pick 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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