Michelle Steel Earns Spot in National Republican’s Young Guns Program

Steel Named One of Seven Candidates in Program for Top Republican Candidates in the Country

Huntington Beach, CA – Today, Michelle Steel, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, was named one of the top Republican candidates in the country by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Steel was promoted to Young Guns status, the top level in the vaunted Young Guns program that supports the top Republicans candidates in the country running in the nation’s most competitive congressional districts. 

Steel is set to face liberal Harley Rouda in November in California’s 48th Congressional District, which is rated a “toss-up.” The match-up is set to be one of the most competitive races in the country and will be key to the Republicans’ chances at the majority. 

“Michelle has proven to be an impressive candidate at every step of the way and has what it takes to win this seat in November. As our nation fights through an incredible crisis, it has never been more apparent that we need sound, proven leadership in Washington and a representative who truly understands this community. We greatly appreciate the support of the NRCC and will build on this momentum to win this seat in November,” said Sam Oh, general consultant to the Steel for Congress campaign.

The Young Guns Program was created in 2010 and includes a series of thresholds for candidates to meet in order to receive support from the National Committee. In order to make Young Guns, the third and final designation, a candidate must meet a series of rigorous goals and benchmarks to establish a clear path to victory. 

Steel is one of a few candidates in the country who has consistently outraised her incumbent opponent. She joins six other candidates in the first-round of announced candidates to meet these key fundraising, political, and structural benchmarks and earn the important recognition.

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