Mills, Westrom named NRCC ‘Young Guns’

WASHINGTON — Republican congressional candidates Stewart Mills and Torrey Westrom have been named to top tier of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program, the NRCC announced Monday.

The Young Guns program identifies highly-regarded Republican challengers in races the GOP considers potentially competitive, and opens the door for financial and campaign support from the NRCC, the party’s chief congressional campaigning arm.

Mills, a businessman, is challenging Rep. Rick Nolan in a race that’s already garnering significant early national attention. Westrom, a state senator, is challenging long-time incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson. Mills and Westrom are two of 10 candidates named to the program on Monday. Of the 10, the Cook Political Report considers Peterson the only Democrat “likely” to win re-election (Nolan’s race is rated “lean Democratic”).

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has a similar program, called “Red to Blue.” No Minnesota candidates have qualified for that program yet.

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