Ben Lange (1st CD), Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (2nd District), and Brad Zaun (3rd District), have all earned “On the Radar” status from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). The status is part of the NRCC’s Young Guns program that assists Republican candidates for Congress.
The Young Guns program was founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Congressmen Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), it began as a Member driven organization of House Republicans dedicated to identifying, recruiting, and mobilizing a new generation of conservative leaders.
The “On the Radar” status is the first of three levels that Republican congressional candidates can achieve. The next step for each would be becoming a “Contender.” The final designation is being a “Young Gun.” As the candidates move up in the ranks the more likely they will be to receive financial resources from the NRCC and other members of Congress.
By achieving ‘On the Radar’ status, Lange, Miller-Meeks, and Zaun have proven their ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve important fundraising goals. While the status is validation of what each of their campaigns were able to accomplish following their primary victories, this announcement prevents an opportunity for each of them to use it to continue to raise money and build effective campaigns.
If Lange, Miller-Meeks, and Zaun want to get the support of the NRCC they have to earn it, and that means they need to raise a lot of money for their campaigns. The first thing that the NRCC will look at in determining whether or not a race is competitive is if the Republican challenger can raise the necessary funds to win.
If you want Lange, Miller-Meeks, and Zaun to win, donate to their campaigns.
Photo of Zaun by Dave Davidson
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