CA-48 NEWS: Michelle Steel Named NRCC Young Guns Contender

National Republican Committee Includes Steel on List of 35 Top Contending Campaigns 

Huntington Beach, CA – Today, Michelle Steel earned “Contender” status from the National Republican Congressional Committee in their vaunted Young Guns Program. After being recognized as an “On the Radar” candidate earlier in the cycle, the elevation to the second level of the competitive NRCC program proves the growing strength of the Steel campaign as they look to unseat vulnerable Harley Rouda. 

“Our campaign is working nonstop to earn the support of our community, and the increased national recognition is a direct result of the work we are doing to take back Orange County,” stated Michelle Steel, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “I am proud of the community-first campaign we are building, and we won’t stop working until we beat Harley Rouda in November.”

The NRCC named 35 candidates from across the country to their first round of “Contender” candidates this cycle. In order to earn the recognition, campaigns must work towards impressive fundraising goals, provide a clear path to victory, and meet benchmarks throughout the cycle that prove their campaign infrastructure competitive, well-funded, and in-line with their districts.

“Michelle has a strong record that is resonating with voters, and because of that we’re seeing a groundswell of support, which has resulted in our campaign out-raising our Democrat opponent two quarters in a row,” stated Sam Oh, general consultant for Michelle Steel for Congress. “Michelle will outwork anyone and is building the momentum needed to unseat liberal Harley Rouda and bring common-sense leadership back to Orange County.”

The NRCC Young Guns Program has worked to elevate competitive campaigns for over 10 years. The program works with candidates that are raising the money and building the infrastructure it takes to win a competitive congressional race. To learn more about the 2020 NRCC Young Guns program, please visit:

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