The National Republican Congressional Committee announced this morning that Beth Anne Rankin will join Tom Cotton on their Young Gun’s "On the Radar" list. Cotton was added to the list in August.
Last cycle, the Young Guns Program achieved great success in leading the way to return Republicans to the Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. 62 out of 92 Young Guns won in 2010. Young Guns served as the model for both Member participation and support for Republican candidates, as well as a training program designed to assist candidates in developing aggressive campaigns. By Election Day, Young Gun Members raised $10.6 million for Young Gun candidates nationwide according to thier website.
“We look forward to working with Beth Anne Rankin, who has already proven herself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program that will position her campaign for victory,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Beth Anne Rankin’s dedication and experience enables her to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed status quo in Washington. This will stand in stark contrast to the Obama-Pelosi record of spending, borrowing and taxing that Arkansas families and small businesses know has failed.”
By being added to the list, Rankin and Cotton had to meet certain criteria perhaps most notably raising over $100,000. So far, there are only two other Congressional districts that have more than one candidate on the list – Connecticut’s 5th has 4 candidates and Arizona’s 6th has two candidates.
Having two Republican candidates on this list is just another sign that south Arkansas may soon join the rest of the state in turning red following Congressman Mike Ross’ term.