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 FlemingDavid Duke will bank on racial tensions in Louisiana Senate bid Former KKK leader David Duke running for Senate Overnight Finance: Senate punts on Zika funding | House panel clears final spending bill | Biz groups press Treasury on tax rules | Obama trade rep confident Pacific deal passes this year MORE (La.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Michele BachmannMichele BachmannNo-shows at GOP convention Clinton camp: Trump VP pick is 'divisive,' 'unpopular' Lobbying world 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 HellerSenators offer bill removing hurdles to offering stock options Six senators call on housing regulator to let Congress finish housing finance reform Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (Nev.), Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Cynthia LummisCynthia LummisGOP probes EPA response to NY state water contamination Diversity of House GOP at risk in 2016 election GOP threatens Kerry with another Keystone subpoena 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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