Wednesday, June 18, 2008 | 11:35 a.m.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has good news this morning for congressional candidates Dina Titus and Jill Derby.
Titus, a state senator from Las Vegas, is challenging Republican Rep. Jon Porter in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District in a race that is among the most competitive in the country. In turn, Democrats announced they have added her to the committee’s “Red to Blue” program, which, according to chairman Chris Van Hollen, “will give these candidates the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive in November.”
Titus was among 14 candidates who qualified for the national support in part by meeting fundraising goals. The campaign committee is targeting 37 races so far. In 2006, the program raised nearly $22.6 million for 56 campaigns, with an average of $404,000 per campaign.
"Congressional District 3 is one of the most important races in the country for Democrats this year," said Sen. Harry Reid. "This district is changing every day, adding more and more Democratic and Independent voters who want someone who will fight for change in Washington.
"For years, I've watched Dina work as a passionate advocate for all Nevadans, and that's why she's already running one of the most competitive Congressional races in the nation. This help from the DCCC will further strengthen her campaign."
Democrats also have declared as “an emerging race” the bid by Derby, a former university regent and former chairwoman of the Nevada Democratic Party, to oust Rep. Dean Heller in the state’s largely rural 2nd Congressional District. The two candidates squared off in 2006 and Derby lost by 5 percentage points in the overwhelmingly Republican district.
The designation means Derby could qualify for the “Red to Blue” program, as she did two years ago.