Adam Hasner, the former state lawmaker with his eye on the congressional seat Rep. Allen West is leaving behind, is one of 21 Republicans who'll have backing from the GOP committee charged with holding onto control of the House of Representatives.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is announcing that Hasner made it into the second stage of its so-called "Young Guns" program, which helps candidates who've proven their ability to meet crucial campaign benchmarks to develop their campaigns. Hasner made it to the "On the Radar" status, the second set of organizational and fundraising benchmarks.
"Adam Hasner's dedication and experience positions him to advocate for pro-growth policies and fight the failed Democrat status quo in Washington," said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas.
Hasner, who dropped his bid for U.S. Senate last month, is one of 21 Republican congressional candidates to make the NRCC list. He raised $1.3 million in his bid for statewide office, and has $666,000 cash on hand. Hasner also has the backing of West, who plans to run in a friendlier Palm Beach County-based congressional seat.
The endorsements from West and the NRCC come in the midst a political scramble for Florida's congressional seats. Thanks to redistricting, sitting lawmakers are trying to find friendly home districts -- and so are potential challengers.
Two Democrats also are in the race: Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, who just entered the race. Democrat Patrick Murphy, who had also been seeking the seat, announced this week he will instead take on West.