DCCC adds 13 new House candidates to ‘Red to Blue' list

• New York's 11th: Democrats believe Republican Rep. Michael Grimm's scandals have made him highly vulnerable for re-election. News reports indicate a federal grand jury is probing alleged fundraising improprieties related to his 2010 campaign. Democratic former city council aide Mark Murphy, son of former Rep. John Murphy, is campaigning in this district.

• New York's 18th: Former Clinton White House aide Sean Patrick Maloney is challenging Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth, whom Democrats paint as anti-woman and extreme.

Texas' 23rd: Democratic state Rep. Pete Gallego is running against Republican incumbent Francisco "Quico" Canseco. The committee believes Gallego is a top flight candidate and voters are expressing "buyer's remorse" over Canseco, who is conservative.

Washington's 1st: Democrat Suzan DelBene won her party's nomination last night to take on Republican county councilman John Koster this fall. DelBene ran unsuccessfully in the 8th District in 2010, but Democrats believe her background at Microsoft combined with little enthusiasm for Koster makes this a potential pickup seat.

The DCCC also identified four emerging candidates they are keeping an eye on: Scott Ellington (AR-01); Steve Pestka (MI-03); Jim Graves (MN-06); and Kim Gillan (MT-AL).

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