Thursday, February 20, 2020

Bice promoted to NRCC Young Guns "Contender" status


Stephanie Bice Advances to Next Round of NRCC Young Guns Program

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 19, 2020)  - Stephanie Bice, conservative Republican candidate for Congress in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District, has advanced to 2020 NRCC Young Guns Contender, the second tier of the 2020 Young Guns program.

Bice, the only Oklahoma candidate promoted to Contender, was named an “On the Radar” Candidate in August during the first round of the NRCC Young Guns program.

“I’m grateful that the NRCC has recognized the hard work of the Bice for Congress team,” Bice said. “We’re on the ground in the district everyday listening to voters, building a grassroots army and doing everything we can to return the fifth district to Oklahoma Republicans.” 

Throughout the campaign, Bice has met the stringent benchmarks set forth by the NRCC. In the fourth quarter, Bice raised more than $290,000. Since entering the race in May 2019, she has raised more than $643,000. The campaign had 2,500 individual contributors in the fourth quarter, and to date, over 4,400 individuals have donated to the campaign.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said the NRCC Contenders candidates have proven their ability to run strong, competitive campaign operations.

 “We’re going to ensure these contenders are victorious in November by forcing their Democratic opponents to own their party’s radical socialist agenda,” McCarthy said.

Earlier this month, Bice was endorsed by Rep. Elise Stefanik and named a “Rising Star” by E-PAC, Stefanik’s Leadership PAC dedicated to electing more Republican women to Congress.

The NRCC’s Young Guns program requires candidates to work toward specific goals and meet benchmarks throughout the election cycle to ensure their campaigns remain competitive, well-funded and communicative within their districts.

Bice is a life-long resident of Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District and has a proven track record of supporting Oklahoma’s conservative ideals with her votes as an Oklahoma State Senator.

Blogger's note: fellow 5th District candidate Terry Neese is also in the NRCC Young Guns program, but as of publication is on the lower "On the Radar" level. 

"On the Radar candidates are individuals running in competitive congressional seats.  They have met the minimum threshold in campaign organization and show potential to achieve greater status in the program as the cycle progresses. Contender is the second level of the Young Guns program. Contender candidates have completed stringent program metrics and are on the path to developing a mature and competitive campaign operation.  They are in congressional seats that appear favorable to the GOP candidate." (taken from the NRCC Young Guns website)

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