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16 September 2010

Nat'l Republicans Elevating Mike Keown & Austin Scott to "Young Gun" Status

Could independent ads from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) loom on the horizon in Georgia's 2nd and 8th congressional districts?

Who knows, but the likelihood of the NRCC taking an active role in those two races just went up.

CQ Politics is reporting that state Representatives Mike Keown and Austin Scott are expected to be elevated to "Young Gun" status sometime Thursday.

The National Republican Congressional Committee will expand its Young Guns list of top recruits for a sixth time Thursday as Republicans try again to expand the House playing field with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day.

. . .the list [. . .] includes several candidates in races that haven't been considered competitive until recently. They include Republicans Ryan Frazier in Colorado's 7th district, state Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado's 3rd district, state Rep. Mike Keown in Georgia's 2nd district, state Rep. Austin Scott in Georgia's 8th district and sportscaster Harold Johnson in North Carolina's 11th district.

Being named a Young Gun qualifies a candidate for the highest level of support from the committee, although not every Young Gun has received the most coveted prize: television advertising buys in their district. The NRCC has bought or reserved television air time in 47 districts so far this cycle, but that list is expected to expand.

McArdle, John (2010-9-15). NRCC to Add 18 New Young Guns Thursday. CQ Politics. Retrieved on 2010-9-16.

Suddenly things just got a whole lot more interesting.

I think Clint Eastwood might have said it best: the Republicans are feeling a little lucky.