3 Missouri Republicans Move Into "Contender" Status Including Ed Martin in St. Louis

Three Missouri Republicans moved into “contender” status in this year’s Congressional races.
— Including Ed Martin in St. Louis.

Ed Martin is running against the very liberal Russ Carnahan in the 3rd Congressional District. You can help conservative Ed Martin out by donating to his historic campaign here.

The three Missouri Republicans that jumped to contender status:
Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Ed Martin (MO-03)
Bill Stouffer (MO-04)

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released this news this morning:


The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) today announced its next round of ‘Contender’ candidates and a new round of ‘On the Radar’ candidates as part of its Young Guns recruitment program. Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a member-driven organization, the Young Guns program has become an official NRCC effort dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. These candidates have proven their ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve important goals and benchmarks. Those 14 candidates reaching ‘On the Radar’ status have already taken the first of three steps toward reaching Young Guns status, while the 15 new ‘Contender’-status candidates have exceeded the ‘On the Radar’ goals and have now reached the second step of the program.

“These candidates are putting the pieces of a winning campaign in place by meeting the rigorous goals laid out by the Young Guns program and aggressively paving their way toward victory on Election Day,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions. “The progress of these candidates is not only a testament to the Young Guns program, it is a sign of the hostile political environment that Democrats have created for themselves. As these challengers continue to meet the benchmarks we have set for them, they are ready to hold Democrats accountable for the unpopular big-government agenda they continue to push at the expense of economic recovery.”

While already achieving certain benchmarks to place them on the road to victory, ‘On the Radar’ and ‘Contender’ candidates now face a new set of rigorous benchmarks that will continue to help them build competitive, effective and winning campaigns.

The NRCC’s ‘On The Radar’ and ‘Contender’ Candidates Are:


Randy Altschuler (NY-01)
Jon Barela (NM-01)
Rob Cornilles (OR-01)
Charles Djou (HI-01)
Robert Dold (IL-10)
Sean Duffy (WI-07)
Keith Fimian (VA-11)
Ryan Frazier (CO-07)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Adam Kinzinger (IL-11)
Ed Martin (MO-03)
Scott Rigell (VA-02)
Bill Stouffer (MO-04)
Tim Walberg (MI-07)

On the Radar:

Jack Bailey (TN-04)
Scott Bruun (OR-05)
Larry Bucshon (IN-08)
Francisco Canseco (TX-23)
Blake Curd (SD-AL)
Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
Jim Gibbons (IA-03)
Paul Gosar (AZ-01)
Joe Heck (NV-03)
Mike Keown (GA-02)
David McKinley (WV-01)
Brian Rooney (MI-07
Scott Tipton (CO-03)
Jackie Walorski (IN-02)

Also, keep an eye on Charles Djou in Hawaii. He’s a very charismatic young patriot and conservative who could make history this November.

UPDATE: Here’s a terrific Ed Martin ad that was released this week:

That was one of the best political ads I’ve seen.

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